Review on the Sony VPL-HW55ES Projector by Roy Jowett
Sony VPL-HW55ES Projector. With a 120,000:1 contrast ratio and a claimed, 5,000 hour lamp life the on the HW55ES, the all new Sony HW55ES looks set to create a little stir within the home cinema projector arena.
Sony previous HW50ES projector has gained a fantastic reputation as being one of the best all-round home cinema projectors. Sony's HW55ES projectors ability to shine with 1080p 3D content is only bettered by DLP technology offering an unrivalled level of 3D movie experience, which has outstanding depth of field, brightness and colour.
Its same story with 1080p/24fps 2D pictures as the HW55ES can reproduce movies, which are enticing and enjoyable with that zing in the image which more and more people are starting to enjoy.
Detail is also another area where the Sony HW55ES scores very strongly. This is thanks the Sony's patent reality creation - super resolution function system. This enables the HW55ES to create an almost 4K movie reproduction without the expense or worry of which 4K format is going to become mainstream.
Carrying forward the same 1,700lm brightness as its predecessor, the HW55 has no issues when it comes to 3D. The Sony HW55 is one of the best home cinema projector when full HD 3D movie reproductions are a factor and thanks to the extra 20,000:1 contrast ratio over it's the HW50 the HW55 has even more punch than ever before.
For those interested in the technology, Sony have kept the SXRD technology which is a similar technology to the D-ILA technology used within the Multi-Award winning JVC Projectors. As a result of this you can also expect the HW55ES to deliver lush blacks together with stunning graduation from black to grey.
Carrying forward the same chassis as its predecessors makes Sony 55ES ideal for anyone wishing to upgrade from their older Sony Projectors as its fixing points, lens shift and lens location are all positioned in the same area as many of their predecessors.
As for the projectors general performance levels the HW55ES looks ready to take the batten of the older Models it is replacing without to much worry as Sony have worked very hard to produce a home cinema projector with even better black detail and even more accuracy on its colour pallet.
Refinements to the SXRD panels have also taken place making the Sony even sharper than before. They have also managed to do this without making the HW55ES to digitised with older movies, which some home cinema projectors can falter with. As you would expect the lens used within the Sony VPL-HW55ES is one of the best in the business with Sony using everything they from their Pro-Camera division and bringing it to the HW55ES to maximise crisp and clean sharpness levels.
A new addition to 3D with the HW55ES is the inclusion of IR and RF 3D usability. Being one of the first projector manufacturers to offer both options also adds another plus point to the HW55ES.
Sony has also confirmed that the HW55ES will come with a full 3 years manufacturers warranty plus a 1,000 hour or 1 year lamp warranty although we doubt you'll ever need it as Sony are confident the HW55ES lamp will last up to 5,000 hours.
In addition to this we (Roy Jowett AV) will also add our fantastic 5 year warranty upgrade pack which keeps Sony's warranty for the first 3 years and adds an extra two years warranty for extra piece of mine. Unlike other UK Dealers ours is a claimable warranty through one of the UK's best professional projector repairs.
To summarise on the Sony HW55ES is very simple, The HW50 was fantastic at what it did, but with the improvements Sony has made with the HW55ES you just gain so much more. You'll enjoy the extra contrast with even more punch in the movie. The HW55ES lushes blacks ooze quality and its level of detail with crisp and clean pin sharp accuracy are a joy to watch. The colours are also exciting to behold enticing you right in to the movie and with 3D movies the HW55ES is just outstanding. Has it what it take to beat its competition? We'll have to wait and see!
Why not read what Sony are saying about the Sony VPL-HW55ES
Standard Specification on the Sony VPL-HW55ES.
Display system: High Frame Rate SXRD panel
Light Output: 1700 lm
Contrast ratio: 120,000:1 (Dynamic Contrast)
Projection lens: (Zoom / Focus: Manual (Approx. 1.6 x) / Manual), (Lens shift: Manual, V:+/-71% / H:+/-25%)
Light source: Ultra High-pressure lamp 200W type
3D capability: YES
3D emitter: Built-in IR emitter (Compatible with RF external emitter)
3D glasses: TDG-PJ1 ( IR type : Bundled ) / TDG-BT500A (RF type : Optional)
Acoustic noise: 21dB in quietest mode
Body Colours: Black / White
Standard outside dimensions: W 407.4 x H 179.2 x D 463.9 mm
Weight: Approx. 9.6 kg
Supplied Accessories: Remote Control RM-PJ23, Size AA (R6) manganese batteries (2), AC Power Cord for projector (1), 3D glasses (TDG-PJ1 x 2), Pouch for the 3D glasses (2) and Operating Instructions(1).
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