Sony VPL-HW50ES 3D SXRD Projector Specs

Type: Three-chip SXRD
Native Resolution: 1080p
3D: Yes
Rated Lamp Life: Not specified
Dynamic Iris: Yes
Lens Shift: Manual Horizontal/Vertical
Dimensions (W x H x D, inches): 16.12 x 7.12 x 18.4
Weight (pounds): 22.2
Price: $4,000 (replacement lamp: $290)

Inputs: Video: HDMI 1.4 (2), component video (1), HD D-sub RGB (computer, 1)
Additional: RJ45 for wired 3D Sync Transmitter, IR IN (control, 1), RS-232 (1)

Company Info
(877) 865-SONY

(877) 865-SONY

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).