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alaScore 99

26 reviews

Mar, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 reviews of Sony VPL-HW55ES. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors for all reviews. People are impressed by the black level and design. The price and usability also get good comments. Comments are divided on the noise.

image quality, usability, price, design, black level

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 99/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Sony VPL-HW55ES from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Projectors on Reviewers really like the black level and noise. The usability and image quality also get good feedback. There are some mixed views about the price.

image quality, usability, noise, black level

78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: VPL-HW55ES/B 1700lm FullHD SXRD 3DSony VPLHW55ES Projector

Mar, 2015

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: 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

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

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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