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alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 reviews of Sony VPL-HW50ES. The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors for all reviews. People are impressed by the noise and design. The price and usability also get good feedback, whereas many are less positive about the size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Sony VPL-HW50ES is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Ty Pendlebury (

Sony VPL-HW50ES review: Extra features, extraordinary image quality


If you're really into home theater, and you have the dark room for it, you should be considering a projector instead of a television . Based on the performance of two recent examples, the Sony VPL-HW50ES and the JVC DLA-X35 , you no longer need to buy...

The Sony VPL-HW50ES projector produces huge images with excellent black levels, full shadow detail, and reference-quality colors; very good value for this level of image quality; highly accurate picture is available using preset picture modes; lots of...

Somewhat more expensive than the comparably performing JVC DLA-X35; focus, zoom and lens shift aren't remote controlled; won't work with standard-compliant third-party 3D glasses.

The Sony VPL-HW50ES costs more than most TVs, but for a fantastic big-screen cinema experience in the home it's a very good value.

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity (

Sony VPL-HW50ES Projector


The VPL-HW50ES floated a bit under the radar at CEDIA, with 4K being the hot word and not having a real hot feature to latch onto. Having used it for an extended time with a lot of content, I can say it has left me incredibly impressed. Of the...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: Thomas J. Norton (

Sony VPL-HW50ES 3D SXRD Projector


In Sony's pantheon of projectors, the VPL-HW models are the company's solid middle-class family. While a product selling for $4,000 or nearly so isn't likely to be found at Target or Walmart, in the projector world it sits nicely between bargain...

Combine brightness with the amazingly deep black levelsits dynamic iris offers, with minimum side effects, together with near spot-on post-calibration color and compelling 3D, and you have a projector that can compete with anything else in its price...

Feb, 2013


Expert review by: Thomas J. Norton (

Sony VPL-HW50ES 3D SXRD Projector


In Sony's pantheon of projectors, the VPL-HW models are the company's solid middle-class family. While a product selling for $4,000 or nearly so isn't likely to be found at Target or Walmart, in the projector world it sits nicely between bargain...

Feb, 2013

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Expert review by: Anthony Arrigo (



Each year I do get some sneak peaks at new projectors before the CEDIA show. This year was no different. Of all the new projectors - ones that I didn't get to see in action pre-show - the VPL-HW50ES was the one that most impressed me. This new Sony...

All considered, regarding the initial pixel alignment error, the Auto Adjust feature does a very respectable job, even if this pre-production projector isn't as well aligned out of the box as new full production Sony's prove to be

Sep, 2012

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One of the brighter 3D capable projectors under $5000, Almost 1000 lumens in “best” mode, no problem, even with large screens (ie: 10+ feet wide), Excellent overall color, and skin tones, Lots of preset image modes, Calibrates beautifully for really...

Lacks lens memory for the small slice of people who would prefer a 2.35:1 screen instead of the standard 16:9 screens, Others offer lamps with longer claimed life, so you have a higher cost of operation, I still don’t like the Reset button where it is...

Pretty impressive!  When it comes to blacks without spending a whole lot more (thousands), nothing seems to be better – the new Epson is probably about comparable.  One could argue that the JVC X35 gets impressive blacks without a dynamic iris, (and...

Sep, 2012

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Sony VPL-HW50ES Review


With strong performance in both 2D and 3D, the Sony HW50 is a home theater projector we can recommend whole-heartedly.

Expert review by: Sumit Bhosle (

Sony VPL-HW50ES Home-Theatre Projector Review


Sony and display solutions go hand in hand. Since a long time, Sony has been supplying end users with home display solutions in the form of televisions. But for some of our brethren, a display solution at home means nothing less than a projector – a...

Coming back to 3D, the 240Hz panel drive and a special dynamic lamp control technology have been incorporated in the projector to ensure a smoother and brighter 3D picture as compared to any contemporary 3D projectors. And, last but not the least, the...

Oct, 2013

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Expert review by: John Archer (

Sony VPL-HW50ES review


It's been quite a year for Sony. The Japanese brand has set new standards in the TV world, and introduced a whole new product category with its 4K TVs and projectors. And now it's continuing this return to form with its latest mid-range projector, the...

2D and 3D HD movies look fantastic; great price for what’s on offer; attractive design

3D motion could be better; whining noise with some 3D glasses settings; no lens memory; Reality Creation can stumble with certain sources

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: Steve May (

Sony VPL-HW50ES review


The Sony VPL-HW50ES is sharp, entertaining and breathlessly brilliant - it's the movie projector we all want to take home

Razor sharp detail performance ; Outstanding dynamic contrast ; Quiet operation

Light loss when viewing 3D ; Some minor crosstalk issues

Respectfully quiet in operation and capable of deep rich blacks with lush colours, the Sony VPL-HW50ES projector should delight even the most demanding film fans with its home cinema prowess.

Mar, 2013