Sony VPL-HW50ES 3D SXRD Projector Settings

Unit-to-unit sample variations, the viewing environment, and the source might render these recommendations less than optimum. They are provided only as a potentially useful starting place.

The settings here that are most likely to translate reliably from one sample to another are those involving specific features with only a few setting options, such as Color Space, Gamma, and Noise Reduction. The ones most likely to be subject to sample variations are video controls offering a wide range of settings. This will be particularly true for color temperature (gray scale).

We strongly advise that you find the optimum basic video settings for your sample using one of the many display setup discs that are available, such as Digital Video Essentials HD Basics (Blu-ray). A full calibration, particularly of the gray scale, is best left to a trained and properly equipped technician such as those certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) or THX.

Calibration PresetCinema Film 1 Bright Cinema
Reality Creation:
ResolutionMin (see main text)15 (see main text)
Noise Filtering2520
Cinema Black Pro:
Advanced IrisAuto FullN/A
Lamp ControlLowN/A
Color TempCustom 3*Custom 1**
Expert Settings
Film ModeAuto 1Auto 1
Noise ReductionOffN/A
Gamma Correction2.2Gamma 9
Color SpaceBT.709Color Space 1
Panel AlignmentOffOff

*Custom 3
Gain: Red +1, Green 0, Blue +6
Bias: Red +8, Green -1, Blue -1

**Custom 1
Gain: Red +19, Green +2, Blue -23
Bias: Red 0, Green 0, Blue +2

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Jarod's picture

Tom how would the brightness of this projector compare to my BenQ W7000? I am using an Elite electric drop down 125" diagnol screen with the acoustically transparent 1080P-2 material that is 1.0 gain. My theater is a dedicated space and complete black hole. With my current set-up brightness is plenty sufficient, with the brightness comparable to Digital IMAX. That is, it's a bit brighter than most RealD 3 D I've viewed theaters. I'm wanting a bit deeper blacks than the W7000 but also comparable 3D brightness. I would guess 2D would be plenty bright but 3D would be lacking. My throw distance is 17ft.

hyfynut's picture

How does this projector compare to the Epson 6020 ? Similar price , similar features etc.

singingitalian's picture

I had a question about your settings. I see you have 2 custom settings. A custom 1 and custom 3. Is the custom 3 intended for 3D viewing. Also my screen is 126" diagnaol Carada Brilliant white 1.4 16x9. When using your settings for a starting point should I disregard contrast , color and brightness calibrate with disc then use all other settings. I was going to zoom my screen down to see an aproxamation of what you calibrated. Will this work. I would also like to say your reviews provide good detail that readers really enjoy.

josephnanez's picture

I recently returned an Epson 5020 because the screen movement seemed choppy and disturbed my vision. When I turned on FI, the movement improved but created a soap opera effect. I was referred to the Sony HW50es or the Mistubishi 7900 DLP (my current project is the Mit 3800). I was told that the picture on the Sony was outstanding and does not have the same problem I saw on the Epson 5020 and Im assuming the Pana 8000 shares as well. What are your thoughts on this? Let me know if my description of the problem is clear.


sarangiman's picture

While I agree that 3D brightness is quite good with this projector, the flicker (I think ~48Hz) makes 3D much less enjoyable for me. I believe it results from the lamp pulsing. Ghosting is also an issue for high contrast scenes. Quite obvious in 'Gravity', for example.

Additionally, vertical resolution drops well below 1080p in 3D. Horizontal resolution, though, appears to remain at 2D levels.

All of this in aggregate means 3D is rather unenjoyable, for me, with this projector. 2D is fantastic though.

(My statements are all based off of test patterns using the Spears & Munsil HD Benchmark disc, 2nd version).