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Sony VPL-VW85

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 reviews of Sony VPL-VW85. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the noise and usability. The design and price also get good feedback, whereas comments are divided on the size.

image quality, price, design, usability, noise

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Sony VPL-VW85 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : John Archer (

Sony Bravia VPL-VW85 SXRD Projector


The Sony Bravia VPL-VW85 sets a new standard for the £5,000 sector of the projector market.

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

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Sony VPL-VW85 review


There's no denying we like this Sony projector, but at nearly £5000 it loses out on that coveted fifth star

Immaculate finish ; easy to set-up ; superbly clean, clear and involving images

Expensive ; lacks subtlety of very best

This is a sublime projector, but in terms of performance per pound, it’s not quite five-star stuff

Apr, 2010

Expert review by : Chris Jenkins (

Sony VPL-VW85 review


Sony's SXRD projector sets a high standard

Excellent picture ; Flexible lens system ; Extensive user parameters

MotionFlow technology might not appeal to all

Absolutely superb performance makes this projector very difficult to beat, and at a reasonable price too

Sep, 2009

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by : EISA (

European Video Projector 2009-2010 -> Sony BRAVIA VPL-VW85


Seeing is believing' says Sony, and that has never been more true than with the new BRAVIA VPL-VW85. Using three latest generation SXRD panels with 1920x1080 pixels each, it produces smooth and crisp High Definition images. In conjunction with a...

Jun, 2009

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Sony - Bravia VPL-VW85


Home Cinema is a serious business thanks to the ever escalating march of technology and the rise of Blu-ray players and HD movies. With the opportunity to watch films in widescreen at near cinematic quality, aficionados ...

Yes it's a hefty price tag, but for the serious Home Cinema lover, Sony's answer to JVC's D-ILA range provides excellent sharpness and colour authentication with increased smoothness and easy remote controlling.

Apr, 2010

Expert review by : avforums (

Sony VPL-VW85 High-end SXRD Projector


The first thing that strikes me with the VW85 is the stylish chassis and finish. The unit looks and feels like a premium product with its sloped top plate and the midnight black colour with blue sparkling glitter finish. The lens is centrally mounted...


Dec, 2009

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Sony Bravia VPL-VW85 SXRD Projector Review


Can the new Sony take the crown of reference projector from JVC? It looks like it will be a close battle!

Ultra quiet running noise ; Excellent black levels ; Excellent out of the box results ; Reference calibrated greyscale ; Very good image accuracy to the standards ; Anamorphic lens option ; Good quality video processing for SD and HD material ; Good...

Motionflow interpolation system not ideal for use with 24fps material if you are after accuracy ; RCP is inaccurate and should be replaced with a better system ; Slight uniformity issues ; Gamma control should be in the projector

Expert review by : Augie Bettencourt (

Sony VPL-VW85 SXRD Projector Review


Not long ago, projecting an image large enough to fill anything bigger than an 80" screen required purchasing a CRT (cathode ray tube) projector that weighed as much as a Smart Car and who only an investment banker could afford. Those CRT projectors...

Jan, 2010

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Expert review by : Anthony Arrigo (

Sony VPL-VW85


The Sony VPL-VW85 is a larger projector, it sports a motorize zoom lens, and lens shift. It's reasonably good looking, physically more attractive than most, but it's the performance that will have you putting a serious dent in that credit card

Excellent Color with particularly good skin tones (with a hint of too much red) ; Slightly above average brightness in "best" movie mode ; Superb black level performance ; Very good shadow detail performance ; If not using the dynamic iris, manual iris...

A relatively dim "brightest" mode, of 725 lumens means it can't deal with very much ambient light, at all ; Average sharpness (ok, that's more of a "typical" than a Con, but, sharpness is a big thing, for many, a key deciding factor ; Likely average to...

My last thoughts: Well, I'd rather have the VW85 over my RS20, if for no other reason, for the CFI for sports viewing. I'm even more intrigued, by JVC's DLA-RS35. The RS35 is essentially an VW85 with hand picked components and a higher level of quality...

Jan, 2010

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Sony Bravia VPL-VW85


The VPL-VW85 is a high-end home theatre projector that boasts full 1080p resolution support. Is it a worthwhile investment?

Though expensive the Sony is a cost-effective way to create an impressive, large-screen experience.

Dec, 2009

Product Specifications


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


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


Colour of product:Black
Form factor:Portable
Product Type:Portable projector


Built-in Display: No



Image resolution

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast (full on/off):120000
Maximum Image Size:300
Maximum projection distance:7.6
Maximum Resolution:HDTV (1920x1080)
Minimum Image Size:40
Minimum Projection Distance:1
Standard Resolution:1920x1080 HDTV
Widescreen: Yes


Bulb power:200
Lamp Type:UHP
Service life of lamp:3000


Horizontal Keystone Range:25
Lens Aperture:2.5-3.4
Optical Zoom:1.6
Vertical Keystone Correction:65




Built-in speaker(s): No


Ethernet LAN: No
Wi-Fi: No

Operational conditions

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

Packaging Content

Handheld remote control: Yes


Horizontal scan range:19 - 72
Noise Level:20
Vertical scan range:48 - 92


Full HD (1920x1080):Yes (1920x1080)
HD-Ready: Yes
Supported Picture Formats:480i/p, 575i/p, 720p, 1080i/p
Type:Sony SXRD

Ports & interfaces

Composite Video In:1
DVI port: No
HDMI ports quantity:2
RS-232 ports:1
S-Video inputs quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC input frequency:50 - 60
AC input voltage:100 - 240
Power Consumption (Standby):8
Power consumption (typical):320
Power Source:AC


Contrast ratio (dynamic):120000:1
Native Aspect Ratio:16:9
Projection Technology:SXRD
Projector brightness:800
Projector native resolution:1080p (1920x1080)
Screen size compatibility:1016 - 7620
Supported aspect ratios:16:9


Audible Noise (whisper mode):20
Lamp Effect:200
Lamp Life:3000
Power Consumption:300
Remote Control: Yes


Card reader integrated: No


Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL, SECAM
Full HD: Yes
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p, 480i, 480p, 720p

Weight & Dimensions

Height :17.9