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Sony VPL-HW10 Projector Sony VPL-HW10
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30000:1 Contrast Ratio
1000 Lumens
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Sony Bravia VPL-HW10
Home Theater
Projector Review

Bill Livolsi, November 7, 2008

Sony's newest 1080p projector, the Bravia VPL-HW10, is now available, and it is easily the finest projector from Sony we've yet seen. The HW10 is brighter than previous models by a decent margin, has excellent contrast, open midtones, a sharp picture, and good placement flexibility. The Sony VPL-HW10 delivers a vibrant, dynamic picture, and it is a very competitive projector among the new 1080p resolution products coming to market this fall.

VPL-HW10 Specifications

ANSI lumens: 1000

Contrast (full on/off): 30,000:1

Light Engine: 1920x1080, native 16:9, 0.6" three-panel SXRD (LCOS) with 200W lamp.

Video Compatibility: 1080p/60/50/24, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i.

Connection Panel: Two HDMI 1.3 ports, one YPbPr component input, one VGA port, s-video, component video, one RS-232C port.

Lens and Throw Distance: 1.6x manual zoom/focus lens with manual vertical and horizontal lens shift. Throws a 100" diagonal 16:9 image from 10' 1" to 16' 2".

Lamp Life: Not specified.

Replacement lamp price: $369.

Warranty: One year.

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Reader Comments(17 comments)

Posted Nov 7, 2008 4:08 PM PST

By Eiffel

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I'd be interested in a side by side comparison with the AE3000 as the specs and price are fairly close in the end (brightness, contrast, noise, etc.), although the HW10 has fewer features (Powerzoom, zoom range, frame interpolation, etc.)

Any reason to pick this projector over the Panny one?

Posted Nov 7, 2008 4:44 PM PST

By Felix Alonzo

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I agree with Eiffel, there's gotta be a shootout between the AE3000 and the HW10. These two are at the top of my list for my next upgrade.

Posted Nov 7, 2008 4:57 PM PST

By madshi

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Interestingly, in Germany the HW10 is very cheap with only 1900 Euros while the AE3000 costs 2700 Euros.

Posted Nov 8, 2008 5:11 AM PST


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A mi m eha salido en españa el HW10 por 1695€, si lo comparamos con los 2300 que cuesta el AE3000, no hay discusion alguna.

Posted Nov 8, 2008 12:58 PM PST

By EeeTee

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If Sony has "an exceptional commitment to service and support" that would represent a significant improvement over my personal experience, and many others I know, who owned early Sony widescreen projectors (VPL-W400Q, VW10HT-VW12HT). Sony consistently ducked responsibility for inherent design/build issues and voided/avoided warranty repairs. MY experience with Sony Service is why I would be unlikely to buy a Sony again.

Posted Nov 8, 2008 11:11 PM PST

By Khalid

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I think after my research, i have reached the conclusion that if one can afford, Panasonic BD-55 Blu-Ray player and AE-3000 projector is a leathal combination! And nothing can beat it ...yet! I wonder when AE3000 will come out with LED or Laser as a light source so i may use it as a HD Television as well ... not worrying about the bulb crap.

Posted Nov 11, 2008 11:58 AM PST

By Joseph Lackay

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I need to buy this product. Please send me complete information.

Posted Nov 20, 2008 11:59 PM PST

By Senaka Perera

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I love this product.Wish if any body could offer this as a gift as it was my ambtion from the child hood to owns a Home Theatre.

Posted Nov 27, 2008 7:10 PM PST

By george

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I am having a hard time finding exactly the projector I need. My diagonal is 60 in. exactly and the throw is 14 ft. I cannot change these dimensions. Cannot find a projector that fits.Help.

Posted Jan 16, 2009 6:40 PM PST

By Bill

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I had the projector a for week it is stunning. I got setting and calibration from AVS Forum. The picture is unbelievable I owned the Epson 1083 there is no comparison the sony is true killer. I am very happy It's a keeper.

Posted Mar 1, 2009 5:59 PM PST

By Alec

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I agree with EeeTee. My first projector was a Sony VPL-HS2 and I was fooled by the name. I thought Sony products were good, but my projector failed after less than a month. Sony fixed it inder warranty, but I had to pay over a hundred dollars for shipping and wait two weeks. It began failing again shortly before the warranty expired. Sony said that there was nothing wrong with it, and when it totally failed two months later, a week after the warranty ran out, they offered to fix it for $1000, $400 less than I paid for it new. Personally, I won't buy another Sony product.

Posted Jun 20, 2009 7:59 PM PST

By Thim Lee

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This projector is awesome for the money. I have had the VPL-HS20 for about three year and as technology change so has performance and I can say with conviction that it is worth the upgrade. Never had any problem with my previous projector and was extremely hapy with the old and the new Sony. Great picture right out of the box.

Posted Jun 22, 2009 2:06 PM PST

By David Q

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I'm interested in purchasing a Sony VPL-HW10 and matching it with a 92" Screen Innovations fixed screen. Question: How far from the wall should I install the projector? I need an idea to have the pre-wiring done in the media room. Also, any suggestions on a combo projector/screen? Thanks.

Posted Oct 13, 2009 8:26 AM PST

By Crusty

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I have owned this projector for nearly 10 months and it still gives me the same satisfaction that it delivered the first day I purchased it. Many of my friends are awed at the pq and it has been trouble fee so far (fingers crossed)

Posted Oct 14, 2009 4:24 AM PST

By Blue Laine-Beveridge

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The review states in the first sentence that the HW-10 "is easily the finest projector from Sony we've yet seen"; then the first sentence of the conclusion states it "is one of the strongest home theater projectors we've yet seen from Sony". Aren't these two different statements?

Posted Oct 20, 2009 6:20 PM PST

By wizard

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i have seen the sony sxrd and panasonics ae3000 side by side.the panasonic hands down blew the sony out of the water.Pay the extra cash for the is well worth it.if you do your homework you will find you can get a free bulb with the panasonic making them pretty much the same price.

Posted Nov 3, 2009 7:20 PM PST

By Last Toy

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Bought this after the AE4000 cratered local prices, picked up a demo with 2 hrs on it for 2600CAD. Running it with an Optoma 1.8 gain 106" screen from 14'. Dialed in the calibration numbers I found online, and you know, for an "entry level" projector, it's not bad at all. Going to have it pro calibrated by a guy here in Calgary that actually set THX up with their calibration program. He did one tv for me years ago, it was astonishing to see the difference. From what I have seen so far from it uncalibrated though, blacks are pretty darn black, skin tones look true, pretty decent all the way around. Numbers are numbers, but the eyes like what they see.

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