Sony VPL-VW5000ES Home Theater/Commercial Projector Review

January 29, 2017

/ By Art Feierman

The basics are this - Sony's VPL-VW5000ES is at the moment the best true 4K home theater projector currently shipping.  There are more coming to market, but for now, the VW5000ES is unbeatable.  Sony's flagship VW5000ES is a $60,000, 5000 lumen true 4K.  It's huge by home theater standards, weighs 94 pounds, and is liquid cooled.  But folks, those are details.  The big picture is that it's all about the picture. And don't kid yourself, it is widely used for commercial applications as well.

This review will not be like our usual.  It will be far shorter, and even more subjective. That is, it's going to focus on the experience and the picture - why not, after all, with the high price tag this is a projector for the top 1%.  (or the top 5% of hard core home theater enthusiasts).  I picked this VPL-VW5000ES (it's full name) up at Sony's HQ after getting some training there on HDR and other aspects of 4K.  (Thanks Sony - most helpful)  The picture looked so great and so obviously close to right on the money, that I decided not to have Eric calibrate it.  I was never sorry.  I have decided also not to run the usual measurements.  I pulled out my meter long enough to determine that this guy was right around 5000 lumens in its brightest modes.  If you spring for one of these, you'll quickly discover that there isn't a whole lot of brightness differences between most of the different modes.

For those of you who enjoy our many photos from movies and HDTV, you won't be disappointed.  I have plenty comparable to other projector reviews.

OK, back to the basics!

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