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Sony VPL-VW100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 36 reviews of Sony VPL-VW100. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors for all reviews. Reviewers really like the noise. The design is also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the size and usability, and the reliability and price get mixed reviews.

image quality, design, noise

usability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Sony VPL-VW100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Sony VPL-VW100 from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors on Comments about the reliability and image quality are generally positive. The noise and design are also appreciated.

design, noise, image quality, reliability

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

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Mar, 2018

Expert review by : staff (

Sony VPL-VW100 review


Yet another new projection technology has arrived

Design ; picture quality ; connectivity ; feature count ; 1080p compatible

Black levels jump occasionally ; replacement lamps are expensive

There's a new kid on the projection block and he's going to be popular!

Mar, 2006

Expert review by : John Archer (

Sony VPL-VW100 Projector


Sony takes on JVC with its version of the Liquid Crystal on Silicon technique.

The VW100's connections are pretty admirable for the most part, too. DVI and HDMI sockets provide you with digital HD pictures, while you also get the de rigueur component video inputs, a PC port, a 12V trigger output you could use to drive an attached...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by (

Sony VPL-VW100 review


If even 50inch TVs are too dinky for you, try a projector. Maybe Sony's top-end offering could tempt you.

A fabulous projector that offers stunning performance for the money.

Oct, 2006

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by : EISA (

Sony VPL-VW100


Directly derived from the gorgeous Qualia 004, and even improving on that high-end statement in some aspects, the VPL-VW100 pushes the limits for a true, uncompromised high-definition image, at an incredibly reasonable price. Based on a trio of...

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : PriceRunner (

Sony VPL–VW100 review


With an advanced iris to automatically adjust light levels and a stonking 15,000:1 contrast ratio, the Sony VPL–VW100 undoubtedly has the edge on its competitors on test. It packs Sony’s own unique SXRD tech (Silicon X–Tal Reflective Display), meaning...

DLP projectors are generally better at producing deeper blacks and purer whites and while the difference is often minimal, it is notable here. Watching the early scenes of Quantum of Solace were not as dark as they could have been, although it must be...

Apr, 2009

Expert review by : Randolph Ramsay (

Sony VPL-VW100 projector


On paper, Sony's VPL-VW100 is one of the most impressive home theatre projectors out there at the moment, boasting specs equal to some of the more expensive high-end models.

Impressive picture quality with deep blacks and vibrant colours ; Practically future-proof, thanks to inclusion of a HDMI connector and ability to output at 1080p ; Sleek design ; Whisper-quiet operation

Large and bulky ; Limited lens shift options ; Replacement lamps are expensive

If you're a home theatre enthusiast looking for a cream of the crop projector, then the Sony VPL-VW100 is hard to pass. Not only does it give a performance comparable to much more expensive three-chip DLP units, it is practically future proof thanks to...

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : Geoffrey Morrison (

Sony VPL-VW100 LCOS Projector


I've been saying it since the first 1080p displays hit the market: There's no need for 1080p on a screen smaller than 65 inches. Your eye just can't resolve that kind of detail at the distance just about everyone sits from their TV. Resoundingly, no...

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : Geoffrey Morrison (

Sony VPL-VW100 LCOS Projector


I've been saying it since the first 1080p displays hit the market: There's no need for 1080p on a screen smaller than 65 inches. Your eye just can't resolve that kind of detail at the distance just about everyone sits from their TV. Resoundingly, no...

Deinterlacing was fairly average. The 3:2 pickup wasn't very fast, and video processing showed some jagged edges with the waving-flag scene on Silicon Optix's HQV Benchmark DVD. Turn off the Digital Reality Creation (DRC). It adds more jaggies.

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : Max Christoffersen (

Sony VPL-VW100


If you were hanging around many home theatre forums in January there were only two words on everyone's lips: "Sony Ruby". Sony had just released their new SXRD machine projector the VPL-VW100, known as the "Ruby", and the excitement it generated was...

Here was Sony's new SXRD based projector offering a full 1080p (1920x1080) resolution at around $25,000 below their flagship Qualia projector that ushered in the new SXRD technology to much acclaim. It offers the potential of being an overdue marriage...

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : Thomas J. Norton (

Sony VPL-VW100 SXRD Video Projector Part II


The delay also gave me more time with the projector. Further viewing certainly did not change my opinion of this superb product. But it did surface an additional problem with this (admittedly pre-production) sample, allow me to check out the projector...

Feb, 2006

Product Specifications

With a contrast ratio up to 15, 000:1 (with Advanced Iris on), guess where your friends and neighbors are watching the big game this year? Built on Sony's SXRD technology, the VPL-VW100 1920 x 1080p projector is built from three micro display panels supporting a Full High Definition 1080 line resolution image. This technology ensures support of full HD resolution with a film-like image presented in accurate color rendition and high contrast ratio providing you with that "at home" theater experience you've always desired. Providing the illumination is a Sony 400W Pure Xenon Lamp providing equal brightness output for each of the primary colors - red, green and blue, which are used to produce the trillions of colors that you as the viewer enjoy on the screen. The projector's Advanced Iris technology also helps to improve images by monitoring algorithms and adjusting the iris diameter so images in bright scenes are crisp and clear while black levels in dark scenes are deep and detailed. And forget the annoying loud projector sounds of the past; the VW100 is designed to remain ultra quiet while it removes heat at a noise spec of just 22dB.

Audio Output

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Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:15.5

Display (Projector)

Class:Digital projector
HD Image Format:1080p
High Definition:High Definition
Image Brightness:800ANSI lumens
Image Contrast Ratio:15000:1
Max Image Size:7.62m / 762cm
Max Resolution:1920 x 1080
Min Image Size:1.02m / 102cm
Native Aspect Ratio:Widescreen
Recommended Use of Projector:Cinema
Type:SXRD projector


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony VPL


Bulb power:400
Lamp Type:Xenon

Lens System

Digital Zoom:1.8

Other features

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Dimensions (WxDxH):496 x 574 x 175
I/O ports:-Computer Input: DVI-D;\n-Control S In;\n-Progressive Component;\n-Input A: Y/B/R: 15 pin D-sub;\n-RJ45;\n-RS232C Control;\n-Composite Video;\n-S-Video;
Lens system:3 SXRD panels, 1 lens system


Noise Level:22

Ports & interfaces

HDMI ports quantity:1


Power Consumption (Standby):10
Power consumption (typical):610


Projection Technology:SXRD
Projector brightness:800

Projector Lamp

Bulb type:Xenon gas fluorescent lamp


Analog signal format system:NTSC 3.58, NTSC 4.43, PAL, SECAM
Full HD:Y

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:NTSC 3.58 / NTSC 4.43 / PAL / PAL 60 / PAL-M / PAL-N / SECAM
Analogue video Signal:Component video / Composite video / RGB / S-Video
Digital Video Standard:Digital Visual Interface (DVI) / High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)

Weight & Dimensions