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Sony VPL-VW550ES

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 reviews of Sony VPL-VW550ES. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the black level and noise. The image quality and price also get good comments, but some have doubts about the usability.

price, image quality, noise, black level


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Sony VPL-VW550ES is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : John Archer (

Sony VPL-VW550ES


While other projector brands still can't get their native 4K act together, the VPL-VW550ES represents Sony's third generation of 4K projectors.

Dec, 2016

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Sony VPL-VW550ES review


A stellar performing 4K HDR projector even at this price

Realistic colours ; Impressive SD and HD upscaling ; 4K and HDR support ; HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 certified ; Easy set-up and controls

Nothing noteworthy, even at this price

Sony’s sophomore 4K HDR projector delivers stellar performance at a lower price point

Jan, 2017

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Sony VPL-VW550ES 4K HDR Projector Review


Sony launch a new mid-range native 4K projector that offers HDR playback and Wide Colour Gamuts to make the most out of the UHD Blu-ray format, so how...

Excellent dynamic range in Rec.709 and HDR modes ; Great colour once calibrated ; Superb 3D playback ; Superb shadow detail retrieval in HDR mode ; Very good black level performance ; Good DCI tracking

Expensive ; Not accurate out of the box in Rec.709 modes ; Needs to be calibrated for all source playback to be accurate ; Could be better at DCI tracking compared to cheaper rivals

Summing up a projector like the Sony VPL-VW550ES is a difficult task because it really is about diminishing returns when it comes to the value for money question. There is no doubt that this projector puts in a superb performance when it comes to...

Product Specifications


Battery Type:AA


Cable lock slot: No
Ceiling mountable: Yes
Ceiling mounting supported:Y
Color of product:Black / White
Product type:Wall-mounted projector


Built-in display: No

Energy Management

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100 - 240
Power consumption (max):390
Power consumption (standby):0.3
Power consumption (typical):330
Power Source:AC


Bulb power:280
Lamp Type:UHP
Service life of lamp:6000

Lens System

Digital Zoom:2.1
Horizontal lens shift range:-31 - 31
Throw ratio:1.38 - 2.83:1
Vertical lens shift range:-80 - 85


Built-in speaker(s):N
Built-in speakers: No


Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100
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

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: Yes
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes


Built-in processor: No
Display scan frequency (horizontal):19 - 72
Horizontal scan range:19 - 72
Noise Level:26
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), DEU, DUT, ENG, FRE, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUS, SWE, THA
Vertical scan range:48 - 92

Ports & interfaces

12V trigger: Yes
Audio (L,R) in:1
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:1
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI ports quantity:2
RS-232 port:1
RS-232 ports:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100 - 240
Power consumption (max):390
Power consumption (standby):0.3
Power consumption (typical):330
Power Source:AC


Contrast ratio (typical):350000:1
Digital gamma correction: Yes
Native Aspect Ratio:16:9
Projection technology:SXRD
Projector brightness:1800
Projector native resolution:DCI 4K (4096 x 2160)
Screen size compatibility:60 - 300
Supported aspect ratios:16:9


Card reader integrated: No


3D compatibility: Yes
Analog signal format system: No
Full HD: Yes
Supported graphics resolutions:1920 x 1080 (HD 1080), 3840 x 2160, 4096 x 2160
Supported video modes:480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 2160p

Weight & Dimensions