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Sony VPL-HW50ES Projector

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Conclusions about the Sony VPL-HW50ES Projector

The VPL-HW50ES floated a bit under the radar at CEDIA, with 4K being the hot word and not having a real hot feature to latch onto. Having used it for an extended time with a lot of content, I can say it has left me incredibly impressed. Of the projectors that I have reviewed in 2012, I'm going to go ahead and put the 50ES at the top of the list as the one that I want to keep in my theater.

It delivers a fantastic image that has very good native contrast, a dynamic iris that works invisibly, and calibration results that are superb. The amount of light that it puts out really sets it apart, allowing you to use a much larger screen than before, and enjoy 3D films that would not be enjoyable to watch on a dim display. Its smaller things that are harder to quantify that really set it apart in my book. The motion on it is better than other LCD and LCOS projectors that I have seen, making it better for sports than other projectors and greatly reducing the blur in films. The projector is very quiet in use as well, even in high lamp mode so you can run it in a room without needing to isolate it.

The Reality Creation mode helps to make poor transfers or soft films look better, though it can also distract from a really well done transfer unless you turn it off for those. The inclusion of a spare bulb is just icing on the cake, allowing you to use the Sony for years without needing to buy anything else. Unless you need a feature the Sony doesn't offer, it now becomes my go-to projector recommendation by offering a fantastic image and an amazing value. Incredibly highly recommended.