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Sony VPL-HW15

alaTest has collected and analyzed 45 reviews of Sony VPL-HW15. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and noise. The usability and price also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the size.

image quality, price, usability, noise, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Sony VPL-HW15 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Top Ten Reviews Staff (

Sony BRAVIA VPL-HW15 1080p SXRD Review


The Sony Bravia SXRD 1080p Home Theater Projector is a terrific projector with just a few faults (steep price, bulk and brightness), but the warranty is great and Sony is known to be a respected brand.

Fantastic picture quality and contrast ratio, excellent support service.

Very expensive; image isn’t as bright as some other high-end models, very large and heavy.

If you want one of the best units on our list, and are not afraid to shell out the cash, this is the unit for you.

Aug, 2010


Expert review by : Thomas J. Norton (

Sony BRAVIA VPL-HW15 SXRD Projector


Sony's new BRAVIA VPL-HW15 is a reworking of last year's VPL-HW10. At a modest m in danger of giving away the store up front. Read more to get the details.,000 (modest as projectors go, that is), the VPL-HW15 offers a useful lineup of features and a...

Mar, 2010

Expert review by : Thomas J. Norton (

Sony BRAVIA VPL-HW15 SXRD Projector


Sony's new BRAVIA VPL-HW15 is a reworking of last year's VPL-HW10. At a modest $3,000 (modest as projectors go, that is), the VPL-HW15 offers a useful lineup of features and a picture that I didn't expect at this price. With exceptional color, barely...

Sony has been refining the auto irises in its projectors for many years now-longer than anyone, to my knowledge. I never saw it operating (pumping) on program material, heard any sign of it operating, or noticed anything unnatural in its performance.

Mar, 2010

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Sony Bravia VPL-HW15 Review


Sony Bravia VPL-HW15 reviewed by ConsumerSearch, which notes pros and cons, along with reviews and ratings for the Sony Bravia VPL-HW15 and comparisons to other Projectors

Great color; Strong blacks and shadow detail.; Good value for a LCoS projector; Easy installation

Still relatively expensive; Some projectors are sharper, brighter

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Bill Livolsi (

Sony BRAVIA VPL-HW15 Review


Sony's new SXRD projector is the least expensive 1080p LCOS projector ever released.

Sony's new HW15 is their lowest-priced 1080p projector yet released. Despite the price, Sony has made few compromises regarding image quality and feature set. The HW15 improves upon the HW10 in several ways. It brings the best features of LCOS, like a...

Sep, 2009

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Expert review by : Anthony Arrigo (

Sony VPL-HW15


The VPL-HW15 replaces the HW10, and in doing so, offers up an improved, but every similar projector, for less money. We'll call that evolutionary, rather than revolutionary. While the MAP pricing on the older Sony was $3499, the VPL-HW15 comes in $500...

Very good "Out of the Box" picture quality ; Extremely good color accuracy post calibration in "best" mode ; Very good black level performance for the price, one of the best mid-priced projectors in this regard, but not the best ; Overall, an...

One of the least bright projectors in "brightest mode" limiting it for those who want to watch content like sports with more than the minimum ambient light present ; While it's sharpness is average, it could be sharper (especially for digital content...

The only real question is - what does the new competition look like. Unlike past years, when the Sony review units were very late getting out there, and Sony projectors were typically about the last new ones reviewed, this time Sony got their act...

Sep, 2009


Expert review by : John Archer (

Sony Bravia VPL-HW15 - SXRD Full HD Projector


Sony doubles the claimed contrast ratio on this updated SXRD home cinema projector.

The best home cinema of 2011: a round-up of 2011's best home cinema products from blu-ray systems to home cinema projectors.

Oct, 2009

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Sony VPL-HW15 review


Sony's latest SXRD projector finds its proprietary tech matching rivals stride for stride

A strong and quiet performer that’s superb value and ideal for those who like to tweak their picture

Mar, 2010

Expert review by : Tech Staff (

Sony Bravia VPL-HW15 review


Sony has unveiled a superb cinematic mid-range SXRD projector

Excellent contrast and black levels ; Almost inaudible fan ; Slick styling

Limited lens shift range ; Not the brightest image ; Expensive technology

An excellent all-rounder and a highly persuasive alternative to the DLP or LCD options available on the market

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : Nic Tatham (

Sony VPLHW15


The Sony VPLHW15 may cost you more than a budget 1080p, but the images it presents make it well worth the money.

Some of the best blacks and contrast levels going ; Great picture quality out of the box ; Straightforward set-up

Lacks some positioning flexibility ; Pricier than a lot of the competition ; Relatively expensive to run

Spending more bucks can well be worth it and this Sony is one such projector than equates more outlay into higher quality HD pictures. Its size and slightly limited lens shifting makes it less flexible with placement than some, but if you've the room...

Apr, 2010

Product Specifications


Battery Type:AA
Number of batteries supported:2
Rechargeable: No


Input Type:Press buttons


Brand compatibility:Sony
Ceiling mountable: Yes
Ceiling mounting supported:Y
Color of product:Black / Grey
Compatibility:VPL-HW15, HW10
Remote control proper use:Projector


Built-in display: No

Energy Management

Power consumption (standby):8
Power consumption (typical):300
Power Source:AC


Bulb power:200
Lamp Type:UHP

Lens System

Aperture range (F-F):2.50 - 3.4
Focal length range (f-f):0.728 - 1.17


Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Wi-Fi: No

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):35 - 85
Operating relative humidity range:35 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 60

Other Features

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Dimensions (WxDxH):16 x 18.3 x 7.06

Packaging Content

Handheld remote control: Yes


Display scan frequency (horizontal):19 - 72
Horizontal scan range:19 - 72
Noise Level:22
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FRE, JPN, KOR, NOR, POR, RUS, SWE
Vertical scan range:48 - 92

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:1
Composite video in:1
DVI port: No
HDMI ports quantity:2
RS-232 port:1
RS-232 ports:1
S-Video in:1
S-Video inputs quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


Power consumption (standby):8
Power consumption (typical):300
Power Source:AC


Contrast ratio (dynamic):60000:1
Matrix size:0.61
Objective projection distance:55.1 - 563
Projection distance:55.1 - 563
Projection technology:SXRD
Projector brightness:1000
Projector native resolution:1080p (1920x1080)
Screen size compatibility:40 - 300
Zoom ratio:1.6:1


Card reader integrated: No


3D compatibility: No
Full HD: Yes
HD-Ready: Yes
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p, 720i, 720p

Weight & Dimensions