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Sony confirms VPL-HW50ES sub-£3000 full HD 3D projector

Sony has confirmed details of its new full HD 3D projector, with a £2800 price tag bringing it just under the £3000 sweet-spot.

The VPL-HW50ES was unveiled at IFA alongside Sony's 4K VPL-VW1000ES high-end projector and of course the 84in 4K TV.

After a UK launch we now have a confirmed price tag and a release date for the end of this month.

Sitting above the VPL-HW30ES projector, the new model adds a built-in 3D transmitter, a wider lens shift and a quiter noise level of 21db.

Also on board is a new version of Sony's Digital Reality Creation technology, a boosted brightness to 1,700 lumens – 30% brighter than its predecessor – and a dynamic contrast ratio of more than 100,000:1.

The Sony VPL-HW50ES projector is available in black or white from the end of October for £2800.

Read our First Look review of the Sony KD-84X9005 4K TV

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Joe Cox

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys mixing vinyl and cycling.