Sony VPL-HW50ES Projector


Introduction to the Sony VPL-HW50ES Projector

At a CEDIA that was big on 4K and sound bars, the introduction of the VPL-HW50ES went under the radar a bit. Slotting into their lineup above the HW30 and below the HW95, the HW50 comes with a few features from each of those, but also has its own unique features to set it apart. Far brighter than either of those projectors, it has the ability to fill a larger screen than they can hope to do, along with likely providing a better 3D experience thanks to the enhanced light output.

While it may have been a bit of a quiet introduction at CEDIA compared to Sony's 4K HDTV, the 50ES is more likely to make some noise and find its way into your home than that 84" monster is. Sony might have stumbled onto a mix here that sets the price-to-performance bar higher than they have before, and can give the best home projectors a run for their money.


  • Design: 3-chip SXRD Projector
  • Native Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Inputs: 2x HDMI 1.4a, 1x Component Video
  • Light Output: 1700 Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 100,000:1 with Iris
  • Refresh Rate: 240 Hz
  • Control: 12V trigger, Remote In, RS-232
  • Zoom: 1.6x manual
  • Lens Shift: 25% Horizontal, 71% Vertical, Manual
  • Warranty: 3 Years
  • Dimensions: 7" H x 16" W x 18.25" D
  • Weight: 21.1 Pounds
  • Included Accessories: 3D Glasses, Extra Bulb, Sony Image Director Software, Lens Cap, Power Cord
  • MSRP: $3,999 USD
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