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alaScore 96

64 reviews

May, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 64 reviews of Sony VPL-HW55ES. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and price. The usability and noise are also mentioned favorably.

image quality, noise, usability, price, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Sony VPL-HW55ES is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Sony VPL-HW55ES from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Projectors on

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony VPL-HW55ES/B High End Home Cinema Projector

May, 2016

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Sony VPL-HW55ES from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors on People are impressed by the black level and design. The noise and usability also get good views, whereas there are mixed views on the size and price.

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82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony VPLHW55ES ProjectorVPL-HW55ES/B 1700lm FullHD SXRD 3D

May, 2016

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

Sony VPL-HW55ES Three-Chip SXRD (LCoS) Projector


Last year the Sony VPL-HW50ES was my overall favorite projector and the VPL-HW55ES might retain that title. The improvements to lamp life, 3D, and the dynamic iris are impressive. That Sony can also keep it whisper quiet when running in high lamp mode,...

Jan, 2014

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If the Sony VPL-HW55ES fits nicely into your budget, you are due for a real treat.  Overall, as I have said earlier, it’s my favorite, so far, in the price range.  It’s the brightest projector calibrated, so the one best capable of large screens while...

Dec, 2013

Expert review by: EZ Bardeguez (

Sony VPL-HW55ES Projector review


A robust and quiet projector ideal for businesses, classrooms and homes.

Unbelievably quiet ; 3D-enabled ; Stunning design

No automatic focus ; Heavy 3D glasses

If high-quality projection with 3D capabilities are what you're after, you should buy the Sony VPL-HW55ES – a projector so quiet you'll hardly even notice it's running. This device is a one-stop-shop for movie and presentation-viewing excellence.

May, 2015

hcc best buy

Expert review by: John Archer (

Sony VPL-HW55ES review


In a perfect world we'd all be able to set ourselves up with one of Sony's ground-breaking VPL-VW500ES 4K projectors. But most of us don't live in a perfect world, or anything close. Finding the £8,800 necessary for a VPL-VW500ES just isn't an option.

Spectacular 2D picture quality; easy to set up; great value

Crosstalk with 3D unless you greatly reduce brightness; standard 3D system is IR rather than RF; Reality Creation can get noisy if not set carefully

Feb, 2014

Recommended by TR

Expert review by: John Archer (



It might not be 4K, but this new Sony projector is still brilliant

Superlative 2D picture quality ; Good value for such quality ; Runs extremely quietly

Some crosstalk with 3D ; Slightly high input lag for gamers

The other setting to take care with is the Reality Creation system. For while we tended to leave this system on you do need to be careful how high you set its Resolution and Noise Filtering elements. We kept both below 20, as anything higher tended to...

Dec, 2013

Expert review by: (



A seriously capable performer that does nearly everything right

Crisp, clean picture ; Punchy colours ; High levels of detail ; Subtlety ; Nice looks ; Quiet

Lens shift could be smoother

We’re very impressed by this Sony. Its clean, sharp, natural picture is nothing short of stunning.

Expert review by: AVForums (



Excellent black levels and dynamic range, Reference greyscale and colour accuracy, Impressive video processing, Excellent 2D and 3D performance, Extremely quiet in operation

Manual lens controls, 3D glasses are poor

The Sony HW55 might not differ much from last year's model but it's good to see that Sony is still supporting the lower end of the price range, even in the midst of the manufacturer's 4K assault on the higher end. The HW55 remains a great all-round...

Mar, 2014

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Sony's VPLHW55ES might not have the most glamourous name, but it's capable of beaming a huge image from 40-inches to 300 - is that enough for it to take first prize this week? Hit play to find out in the video above! Sony VPLHW55ES is tagged with Sony...

Mar, 2014

Consumer review by: PistNBrke (

Not A Good Start


Projector is okay but never received my free replacement lamp.

May, 2015

Consumer review by: Delorean (

Excellent performance, great projector


Have used this projector in a home cinema setting for the last few weeks and it has delivered excellent performance. Fantastic 2D performance and very good in 3D. (Only very minor crosstalk). I decided to use the optional Sony/Xpand 3D Rf transmitter...

Nov, 2014

Product Specifications


Native Aspect Ratio:16:9
Projector native resolution:1080p (1920x1080)
Supported aspect ratios:16:9