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Sony VPL-VW95ES review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £5000
inc VAT

Serious cinema fans only need apply, but the picture quality is well worth the price of admission


1,920×1,080 resolution, 1 ANSI lumens, 180x470x485mm, 11.0kg

Unfortunately, 3D content wasn’t quite up to the same standard, although there’s still a great sense of depth and images looked very sharp. The problem lies in the slight presence of crosstalk, where the projector isn’t swapping between the left and right eye images quickly enough, leading to one eye seeing the other’s image and a ghostly outline on some objects. We don’t expect crosstalk in a £5,000 projector – it’s not enough to ruin 3D films, but it’s still a minor irritation once you’ve spotted it. We managed to improve matters by adjusting the 3D brightness setting to a notch below the default, but the reduction in brightness will force you to watch 3D video in a dark room to maintain the same punchy colours and detailed shadows of 2D content. Sony provides two pairs of 3D glasses with the projector, with additional sets costing around £60 each (part code TDG-BR250,


The VW95ES’s high price is justified when watching 2D video – it comfortably challenges the most expensive DLP projectors for 2D picture quality. Although 3D video isn’t quite as impressive, there’s plenty of room for dedicated home cinema fans to tweak the picture to their own personal preference. Although you’ll need to be serious about film to justify such an expensive purchase, this is easily one of the best high-end home projectors we’ve seen.

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Price £5,000
Rating *****


Projector technology SXRD
Lamp brightness 1 ANSI lumens
Lamp life 3,000
Lamp life in economy mode 4,000
Contrast ratio 150,000:1


Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Max compressed resolution 1,600×1,200
Aspect ratio 16:9
Other aspect ratios 16:10, 4:3
Max diagonal at 7ft 70in
Throw ratio 1.37:1 to 2.19 :1
Optical zoom 1.6x
Projection distance 1.02m to 7.6m
Mirror image yes
Invert image yes
Lens shift horizontal 0%
Lens shift vertical 1%
HD Ready yes
Special view modes Dynamic, Cinema 1, Cinema 2, Cinema 3, Game, Photo User 1, User 2, standard


VGA input yes
DVI input No
Sound inputs none
Composite input no
S-video input no
HDMI input yes
PAL support yes
SECAM support yes
NTSC support yes
Audio output none
Video output none
Others inputs/outputs RJ45, 12v trigger


Noise (in normal use) dB(A)
Size 180x470x485mm
Weight 11.0kg
Internal speakers none
Extras remote, cables (power), 2x 3D glasses
Remote special features picture mode, colour temp, aspect ratio, lens shift, zoom, keystone, overscan, black level, freeze
Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption on 287W


Lamp cost (inc VAT) £234
Lamp supplier
Lamp cost per hour of use £0.08
Lamp cost per hour of use (economy) £0.06

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