Sony VPL-VW80 review

This Sony delivers in droves in every aspect we'd demand in a home cinema projector – it's a must view Tested at £4500.00

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Our Verdict

Delivers in droves in every aspect we'd demand in a home cinema projector – a must view, if you're in this market

For

  • Smart looks and good spec
  • very simple to set-up and use
  • impressive colour palette
  • smooth motion
  • strong black levels

Against

  • Other than being rather big and expensive, nada

Weighing in at some 12kg – and a wallet-slimming £4500 – the Sony VPL-VW80, part of Sony's Bravia range, is clearly not planning on doing things by halves.

Thanks to a flattering black finish and plenty of curves in the right places, this substantial proposition carries its bulk well, but you'll still need a 47x48cm space on which to plonk it.

You'll find two HDMI inputs – it's a Full HD resolution projector – plus component, S-Video and composite video connections.

Allow the VPL-VW80 to whirr into action and not only will you notice that it's rather quiet (operating at less than 20dB) but also that it's an absolute doddle to set up.

Digs up incredible detail
Using the motorised lens, you can zoom, focus and generally shift the picture around with ease. We had the image fitting our 7ft screen perfectly in moments. Considering some projectors can be only slightly less complex to work than the Large Hadron Collider, this is not to be sniffed at.

Watching Pixar's Ratatouille, we found the Sony successfully uncovers an almost disconcerting amount of detail, and delivers a confident, balanced image with an impressive sense of depth.

The opening scene of The Shining on Blu-ray shows the Sony's super-smooth motion, while black levels, as demonstrated by a DVD of The Dark Knight, have real depth.

Okay, so it's on the large side, but everything else about this Sony is a pure joy, from its ease of operation to its sublime performance. If you're in this market, the VW80 should be a shoo-in for your shortlist.

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Brand NameSony
Product SeriesHome Cinema
Product TypeSXRD Projector
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberVPL-VW80
Product NameSony VPL-VW80
Product ModelVPL-VW80

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • BRAVIA VPL-VW80 Home Cinema Projector
  • Illuminated Remote Control
  • 2 x Size AA Batteries for Remote Control
  • Gamma Adjustment Image Director (CD-ROM)

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes

Image

Native Aspect Ratio16:9
Native Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Mode Brightness800 lm
Contrast Ratio60,000:1

Lamp

Normal Mode Lamp Life3000 Hour
Lamp Power200 W
Lamp TypeUHP

Projection Lens

Maximum Diagonal Image Size7.62 m (300")

Physical Characteristics

Width470 mm
Weight Approximate12 kg

Technical Information

Projection MethodCeiling, Front

Video

Output Scan Format1080p

Warranty

Limited Warranty3 Year