Projector Reviews

Sony VPL-HW55ES Projector Review – Advanced Calibration Information


Why no CMS for the VPL-HW55ES?

The HW55ES was the only projector Mike reviewed in 2013 (home theater), that was dead on, when it came to looking at the CMS for REC 709 color space.  He would have adjusted it if it needed it.

The HW55ES is the only home theater projector Mike has calibrated since we started doing CMS about 2+ years ago, that didn’t need it.   That explains why this Advanced Calibration Information page is sparse, only including the CIE and other charts and an explanation for the missing CMS settings.

The other CIE chart – the one that’s not virtually perfect, is for Color Space 3, showing it’s wider color gamut.   More often, Mike includes two CIE charts – before and after the CMS calibration.  If you look at CIE charts on other Advanced Calibration pages, you’ll be hard pressed to find one, post-calibration, that looks as good as the 709 without any calibration.

Mike's Notes

As usual, Sony provides a range of color spaces that tend to make a CMS unnecessary.  BT.709 is about as close as you can get pretty close to the Rec. 709 standard.  Color Space 1, 2 and 3 expand the gamut to varying degrees, with Wide 3 being the largest gamut of the three.

There’s really not much to say about the picture quality other than it looks great.  This is easily the most “plug-and-play” projector I’ve seen.  You get almost 1000 lumens calibrated with accurate colors and decent blacks.

Sony VPL-HW55ES Calibration Charts

Pre- and post-calibration charts for the Sony VPL-HW55ES, click to enlarge.