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Sony SXRD VPL-VW50

Sony SXRD VPL-VW50
alaScore 85

38 reviews

Feb, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 reviews of Sony SXRD VPL-VW50. 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.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Sony SXRD VPL-VW50 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: tech.co.uk staff (techradar.com)

Sony VPL-VW50 review

 

Can its performance match its impressive stats?

Good contrast ratio ; Sharp images

Doesn't take advantage of the really clever stuff

The Pearl certainly has some sparkle but £3,500 may be a bit much to shell out

Mar, 2007

Recommended!

Expert review by: John Archer (trustedreviews.com)

Sony VPL-VW50 Projector

 

At almost half the price of the VW100, is the VW50 only half as good?

With the VPL-VW50, Sony has proved that SXRD really does have the potential to become a mass market phenomenon, serving up a scintillating performance that makes the £2,700 price tag seem almost ridiculously affordable.

Sep, 2007

Expert review by: (whathomecinemamag.com)

Sony VPL-VW50

 

We've long admired Sony's SXRD projection technology, first on the company's Qualia 004, and then on the 'Ruby' VPL-VW100. Now the Pearl has come along, delivering the technology at a price point that doesn't make our eyes water

Low long-term costs, Contrast ratio

Occasional dot crawl from bright images

Impressive HD features and performance at a highly competitive price point

Mar, 2007

Expert review by: Kevin Miller (cnet.com.au)

Sony VPL-VW50

 

Although the Sony VPL-VW50's picture quality falls short in a number of areas, it's easily one of the best values in 1080p front projection.

Relatively inexpensive for a 1080p projector ; Solid colour decoding ; Reasonably bright ; Resolves every detail of 1080 resolution sources ; Highly adjustable picture ; Plenty of connectivity

Less than perfect gamma ; Poor primary and secondary colour accuracy

All things considered, the VPL-VW50 is one of the better values in 1080p front projection today. It delivers all of the resolution that a 1080p projector should, has good colour decoding, processes 1080i HD sources well, and the price is ridiculously...

Feb, 2007

Expert review by: Robert Harley (avguide.com)

Sony VPL-VW50 SXRD Front Projector

 

The star of this year's CEDIA Expo was undoubtedly the VPL-VW50, the third generation of 1920x1080 SXRD front projectors from Sony. Listing for just half the price of the previous-generation VPL-VW100 (which garnered TPV's Product of the Year award for...

Despite the few problems I’ve cited, the VPL-VW50 produced a beautiful picture, especially considering its list price of only $5000. That makes it the second lowest-priced 1080p front projector on the market (the lowest being the Mitsubishi HC5000, an...

Nov, 2008

Expert review by: Anthony Arrigo (projectorreviews.com)

Sony VPL-VW50 Pearl

 

Over that long wait, I've seen the Sony VW50 - also known as the Sony Pearl - a number of times at shows, and have always had an overall good impression of it, but also some reservations. Now, having worked with it for over a week, and logging about 40...

An excellent film-like, natural image (after color correction) ; Very good menus ; Extremely quiet ; Large but attractive ; Excellent black levels and shadow detail ; Invisible pixels at any distance (beyond two feet) ; A tremendous amount of image...

Out of the box color needs work (definitely at minimum an end user calibration disk, like AVIA) ; Image is a little soft ; Not overly bright (like many 1080p projectors), and very "not bright" if the zoom lens is near or at full telephoto) ; Unmounting...

For decades Sony has enjoyed a fabulous reputation, going back to the days when the Sony Trinitron set new standars for color TV's and professional monitors. Sony is of course a huge conglomerate, and typically, deserved or not, most people still...

Feb, 2007

Expert review by: Al Griffin (soundandvision.com)

Test Bench: Sony VPL-VW50 1080p SXRD Front-projector

 

The Sony's measured color decoder error on both its HDMI and component-video inputs was 0%. Red and blue color points showed mild oversaturation with either Wide or Normal color space selected, while the green color point displayed heavier saturation.

Jan, 2007

Expert review by: Shane C. Buettner (ultimateavmag.com)

Sony VPL-VW50 "Pearl" Projector SXRD Projector

 

Well, the VPL-VW50 goes even farther. It's a sleek, gorgeous looking projector that retails for $5K. You read that right. Sony' SXRD front pro line started at $30K, dropped to $10K in the second generation Ruby (which remains available) and is now just...

Standard setting blacks and contrast, Smooth, naturally detailed three-chip image, Excellent feature set and usability, Standard setting value in front projection price/performance ratio

Slightly softer image than the single-chip 1080p DLPs we've seen

Dec, 2006

Expert review by: (hometheater.com)

Sony VPL-VW50 "Pearl" Projector SXRD Projector

 

Well, the VPL-VW50 goes even farther. It's a sleek, gorgeous looking projector that retails for $5K. You read that right. Sony' SXRD front pro line started at $30K, dropped to $10K in the second generation Ruby (which remains available) and is now just...

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: (soundandvision.com)

Sony VPL-VW50 "Pearl" Projector SXRD Projector

 

Well, the VPL-VW50 goes even farther. It's a sleek, gorgeous looking projector that retails for $5K. You read that right. Sony' SXRD front pro line started at $30K, dropped to $10K in the second generation Ruby (which remains available) and is now just...

Nov, 2006
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Product Specifications

Bring your entertainment to life with the VPL-VW50 high-definition front projector. It's packed with features like an advanced iris function, high contrast ratio of up to 15,000: 1, and three SXRD 1920 x 1080 panels that provide Full 1080p resolution. An All Range Crisp Focus (ARC-F) lens, Real Color Processor (RCP) that further enhances colors and images, an ultra-quiet fan and an improved lamp life combined with a lightweight, versatile design and easy-to-use features help to create the ultimate home theater experience. SXRD is a display technology developed by the legendary television engineers at Sony to meet and exceed the demands of a high definition image at its full 1080-line resolution. It is a 1920 x 1080p panel characterized by several key benefits - full HD resolution, smooth film-like image with minimal screen door effects, high response times (2.5ms rise and fall), high contrast ratios and accurate color rendition.

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:47.1cm
Height:17.4cm
Weight:11kg
Width:39.5cm

Display

Display diagonal:15.5

Display (Projector)

Class:Digital projector
HD Image Format:1080p
High Definition:High Definition
Image Brightness:900ANSI 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
Portability:Non-portable
Recommended Use of Projector:Cinema
Type:SXRD projector

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Sony
Model:VPL-VW50
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony SXRD

Lamps

Bulb power:200
Lamp Power:200

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):35 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35

Other features

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Dimensions (WxDxH):395 x 471.4 x 173.5

Performance

Noise Level:22

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:1
Composite Video In:1
HDMI ports quantity:2
RS-232 ports:1
S-Video inputs quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

Power Consumption (Standby):8
Power consumption (typical):300

Projector

Projection Technology:SXRD
Projector brightness:900

Projector Lamp

Bulb life cycle:3000hour(s)
Bulb type:UHP

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL, SECAM

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:NTSC / PAL / 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

Weight:11000