Sony Release Two New Home Theater Projectors

October 13th, 2012 · No Comments · HDGURU3D News

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Sony used IFA 2012 to announce new home theater projectors. These include the VPL-HW50ES and the short throw VPL-BW120S.


The VPL-HW50ES upgrades the existing VPL-HW30ES home theater model. Both offer 1920×1080 resolution and are 3D capable using active shutter glasses technology.

New in the 50ES is an adapted Reality Creation engine, Sony’s top of the line image processing core that is featured in its 4K home theater projector, the VPL-VW1000ES. Digital Reality Creation technology employs an originally developed digital signal processing algorithm to restore any information lost when packaging from original content to disc, recreating high quality, color-rich, full HD images, says Sony.

Specs include 1,700 lumens, up 30% from the previous model (without compromising color). Sony’s contrast enhancer technology and Optimised Advanced Iris 3 algorithm combine to give the projector a dynamic contrast ratio of more than 100,000:1. The contrast enhancer works by analyzing each scene and then automatically optimizing contrast in real-time by compensating for dark and bright parts of the image. Additional features such as high brightness and Sony’s 3D Crosstalk reduction system, with SXRD panels, enhance the 3D image even further.

Sony VPL-BW120SSony VPL-BW120S

The VPL-HW50ES also features a number of functionality upgrades that make it more user-friendly. These include a built-in 3D transmitter, a wider lens shift that makes its V shift range become +- 71% and a whisper quiet 21db maximum noise output.

The VPL-HW50ES is available in black and white across Europe from the end of October 2012. Pricing was not announced but is likely to be in the $3,500 range.

The second home theater projector is the VPL-BW120S. This is really more of a cross over projector since it offers a native resolution of 1280×800 and 2,600 lumens, it can easily be used in commercial settings too, especially since it offers a short throw lens. As a result, the projector can create a 100-inch image from a distance of 1.3 meters (51 inches). That’s a pretty long throw distance compared with many other short throws.

Contrast is speced at 4,000:1, with lamp lifetime of 3,000 hours at 2,600 lumens and 6,000 hours at 1,500 lumens.

The projector began shipping in August for around $849 street price. –Chris Chinnock
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