Posted on September 26, 2012 By Art Feierman
Another new SXRD (LCoS) home theater from Sony, the VPL-HW50ES is about serious picture quality. I decided I’d write this opening section less than 24 hours from its arrival. Note that I did get to see the VPL-HW50ES projector at CEDIA.
The Sony projector has a nice feature set, including CFI for smoothing motion – Sony calls it MotionFlow, a dynamic iris (named Auto Iris 3) to help it generate that ultra contrast performance that yields impressive black levels, and Reality Creation (dynamic detail and sharpness enhancement), which we’ll discuss in detail below.
For those looking for more of a general purpose family room projector, the Sony will work fine, as long as you’ve got some good control of ambient light (also true of most other projectors geared for the “theater”, but some other projectors can bring a lot more brightness to the party, to allow more ambient light). The thing is, most of those, aren’t a match in terms of overall picture quality.
If 3D is part of your thing, the VPL-HW50ES, like every other higher quality 3D projector we’ve reviewed so far, could use some extra brightness. This Sony is as bright, and brighter than almost all of the other 3D, 1080p projectors we’ve reviewed – Optoma HD8300, JVC RS60, Mitsubishi HC9000D. Note that there are some other new projectors that will be reviewed soon, which are brighter, although some of those are geared for the family room.
One thing of particular note, is that the HW50ES is actually brighter in 3D than the VW95ES that we reviewed a few months ago. This relates to improvements, including new lamp dimming. I have yet to fully contemplate Sony’s explanation of how it works, but it is definitely, visibly brighter in 3D.
Let’s take a closer look at the Sony VPL-HW50ES.
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Sony VPL-HW50ES “Projector Reviews TV” Video Summary
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