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Sony VPL-HW15

alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 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 Projectors for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and noise. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the size.

image quality, price, usability, noise, design


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

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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

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Sony VPL-HW15 review


Sony has made some unusual design choices with its Bravia VPL-HW15 projector. Its angular chassis is longer than it is wide, and looks vaguely like a space ship from a '70s sci-fi series.

An outstanding projector with image quality that can be adjusted to rival the best on the market – we'd have liked frame interpolation too, though.

Jan, 2010

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Sony Bravia VPL-HW15 review


An outstanding projector with image quality that can be adjusted to rival the best on the market – we'd have liked frame interpolation too, though.

The VPL-HW15 it doesn't have as wide a range of features as many other projectors around the £2,000 mark. Frame interpolation in particular is conspicuous by its absence. However it has outstanding picture quality, making it one of the best projectors...

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Sony VPL-HW15


Sony's VPL-HW15 is an advanced home cinema projector featuring full 1920 x 1080 (1080p) high definition skills and up to a 60,000:1 contrast ratio, and can display films at 24 frames per second using its 24p 'True Cinema' technology. It promises deep...

Sep, 2010

Expert review by : Benny Har-Even and James Gorbold (

Sony VPL-HW15 Projector Review


Sony's new 1080p projector is enormous, but is the image quality any good?

The Sony VPL-HW15 is quite keenly priced for a 1080p projector, so in the world of projectors, it’s relatively entry-level. However, it produces such excellent image quality it really is worth a second look.

May, 2010

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Sony VPL-HW15 SXRD HD Projector Review


Is this new Sony the Reference point for the £2k market point? Phil Hinton finds out...

Good black levels and contrast performance in light controlled environment ; Good greyscale performance out of the box with acceptable colour ; Excellent calibrated performance for greyscale and colour ; Video processing is very good ; Good value for...

2D RCP is only adequate ; No anamorphic stretch or auto zoom for 2.35:1 screen use.

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

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

Product Specifications


Horisontal Synchronization Range:19-72
Vertical Synchronization Range:48-92


Component (3xRCA) input:1
PC Mouse Communication:Serial


Ceiling mountable: Yes
Ceiling mounting supported:Y
Colour of product:Black


Built-in Display: No



Image resolution

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast (full on/off):60000
Maximum Image Size:300
Maximum projection distance:14.08
Minimum Image Size:40
Minimum Projection Distance:1.19
Standard Resolution:1920x1080 HDTV
Supporting Aspect Ratios:4:3
Widescreen: Yes


Bulb power:200
Lamp Type:UHP

Lens System

Aperture range (F-F):2.50 - 3.4
Focal length range (f-f):18.5 - 29.6


Lens Aperture:2.5-3.4
Optical Zoom:1.6


Depth (in):18.4
Height (in):7.2
Weight (lb):22
Width (in):16.2


Ethernet LAN: No
Wi-Fi: No

Operational conditions

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

Other features

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Dimensions (WxDxH):407.4 x 463.9 x 179.2

Packaging Content

Handheld remote control: Yes


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


Full HD (1920x1080):Yes (1920x1080)
HD-Ready: Yes
HDTV Compatible: Yes
Supported Picture Formats:480i/p, 576i/p, 720p, 1080i/p
Type:Sony SXRD

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:1
Composite Video In:1
DVI port: No
HDMI ports quantity:2
RS-232 ports: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:1.55
Projection distance:1.4 - 14.3
Projection Technology:SXRD
Projector brightness:1000
Projector native resolution:1080p (1920x1080)
Screen size compatibility:1016 - 7620
Zoom ratio:1.6:1


Audible Noise:22
Lamp Effect:200
Lamp Life:3000
Miscellaneous:HD Front Projectors, x.v.Color Technology
Power Consumption:300
Remote Control: Yes


Card reader integrated: No


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

Weight & Dimensions