Sony's VPL-HW50ES projector is a home-cinema marvel
16 March 2013
Summary: The Sony VPL-HW50ES costs more than most TVs, but for a fantastic big-screen cinema experience in the home it's a very good value.
Pros: The Sony VPL-HW50ES projector produces huge images with excellent black levels, full shadow detail, and reference-quality colors; very good value for this level of image quality; highly accurate picture is available using preset picture modes; lots of setup options; quiet even at full lamp power; extra lamp and two pairs of 3D glasses bundled with projector.
Cons: Somewhat more expensive than the comparably performing JVC DLA-X35; focus, zoom and lens shift aren't remote controlled; won't work with standard-compliant third-party 3D glasses.
Excerpt: In Sony’s pantheon of projectors, the VPL-HW models are the company’s solid middle-class family. While a product selling for $4,000 or nearly so isn’t likely to be found at Target or Walmart, in the projector world it sits nicely between bargain basement and “if you have to ask” pricing.
Summary: The VPL-HW50ES floated a bit under the radar at CEDIA, with 4K being the hot word and not having a real hot feature to latch onto. Having used it for an extended time with a lot of content, I can say it has left me incredibly impressed. Of the projectors that I have reviewed in 2012, I'm going to go ahead and put the 50ES at the top of the list as the one that I want to keep in my theater.
Conclusion: Pretty impressive! When it comes to blacks without spending a whole lot more (thousands), nothing seems to be better – the new Epson is probably about comparable. One could argue that the JVC X35 gets impressive blacks without a dynamic iris, (and with more dynamic range), but last year’s X30 – RS45, just couldn’t put up blacks as black as the best projectors with irises. As to shadow detail, again, classic performance for the price range.
Pros: One of the brighter 3D capable projectors under $5000, Almost 1000 lumens in “best” mode, no problem, even with large screens (ie: 10+ feet wide), Excellent overall color, and skin tones, Lots of preset image modes, Calibrates beautifully for really good color handling, natural look, Good shadow detail, really good black levels, Very good placement flexibility, HDMI 1.4a inputs (2) allows for support for Blu-ray 3D content, 3D glasses provided (2 pair), Very good CFI ...
Cons: Lacks lens memory for the small slice of people who would prefer a 2.35:1 screen instead of the standard 16:9 screens, Others offer lamps with longer claimed life, so you have a higher cost of operation, I still don’t like the Reset button where it is on the remote control, Could use a third HDMI input, could offer wireless HDMI… (and other wish list items), And of course, this projector could be brighter – I’m thinking primarily for 3D, but also for non-theater place...
Summary: S ony and display solutions go hand in hand. Since a long time, Sony has been supplying end users with home display solutions in the form of televisions. But for some of our brethren, a display solution at home means nothing less than a projector – a big kick-ass screen that stretches all across the wall of the living room. We are sure that most of you must have definitely thought why Sony doest not sell their projectors in India.