VPL-HW65ESby Sony

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  • VPL-HW65ES
  • VPL-HW65ES
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
86%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • It delivers an outstanding 2D picture.
  • It's a great price for this quality.
  • Setup is a cinch.

CONS

  • The low lamp mode is too dim.
  • 3D performance falls short of 2D on this projector.
  • The True Cinema option has little impact on reducing judder.
Sony’s VPL-HW65ES boasts a bright 1,800-lumen lamp source that is rated to last 6,000 hours. The lamp can project a 1080p image up to 300 inches. The projector achieves an improved 120,000:1 contrast ratio over its predecessor for better high-contrast scenes. It offers a number of proprietary Sony technologies, including SXRD panel technology, Reality Creation--a resolution processor for improving subtle image, color and texture details--and Motionflow, which reduces blur. The HW65ES also offers 3D capability (glasses not included). Sony designed this projector with the fans on the front to eliminate the need to leave wall clearance on the sides during initial setup.
NameVPL-HW65ESDLA-X500RPowerLite Pro Cinema LS1000VPL-VW350ESPowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
ManufacturerSonyJVCEpsonSonyEpson
Techwalla Score
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List Price$4000$5000$7999$9999$2599
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The Sony VPL-HW65ES is among the best of the 1080p resolution home theater projectors on the market today.

The Sony VPL-HW65ES is among the best of the 1080p resolution home theater projectors on the market today.

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90%

Absolutely awesome picture straight out of the box. Very good for 1080p HD.

Absolutely awesome picture straight out of the box. Very good for 1080p HD.

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90%

The HW65ES is brilliantly easy to get up and running.

The HW65ES is brilliantly easy to get up and running.

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87%

The Sony VPL-HW65ES is an elegant home theater projector that succeeds by combining an array of effective processing features and attributes…

The Sony VPL-HW65ES is an elegant home theater projector that succeeds by combining an array of effective processing features and attributes...

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72%

It used to be you had to pay big bucks for a projector capable of beaming bright enough images that you didn’t feel the need to watch in a c…

It used to be you had to pay big bucks for a projector capable of beaming bright enough images that you didn’t feel the need to watch in a completely dark room. But those days are gone. A projector like Sony’s $3,999 VPL-HW65ES can deliver ample enough light output that it can be used in a mixed-use room where viewers might prefer to only dim their lights only slightly, or even watch during daytime hours.

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Although it represents only an incremental upgrade over the outgoing VPL-HW55ES which was already an excellent projector, Sony’s VPL-HW65ES …

Although it represents only an incremental upgrade over the outgoing VPL-HW55ES which was already an excellent projector, Sony’s VPL-HW65ES makes a strong case for being the best 1080p projector money can buy when it comes to overall picture performance.

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