This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
First Look: Sony HW50ES projector is a movie great
About Video Comments (0 ) Transcript

First Look: Sony HW50ES projector is a movie great

1:34 /

The Sony VPL-HW50ES projector shows what a home cinema projector can do with a superb picture and an excellent mix of features.

Hi. I'm Ty Pendlebury from CNET, and this is a look at the Sony VPL-HW50ES projector. If you are looking for a model for a dedicated home cinema, there are a few options available to you. While you may think of Sony as mainly a TV manufacturer, its HW50ES projector sure put it in contention. This is not a cheap projector. At $4,000, it's more expensive than most TVs. But the images it is capable of, more than return on the investment. As far as higher-end projectors go, it's still fairly large, but it's also quite attractive in a monolithic type of way. We pitted this projector against the JVC DLA-X35, and there's very little to separate them in terms of picture quality. But the most obvious difference was in the number of accessories that were bundled with it. The Sony includes two pairs of 3D glasses, while the JVC doesn't. And you also get an extra lamp, which saves you an extra 300 bucks. And now, the positive in the Sony's favor is that it's easy to set up with the Manual Lens Shift controls. Also, you just set it in to Reference Mode, and you'll get a very cinematic picture. Black levels, shadow detail, and colors are superb. And it gives most televisions a run for their money, especially when you consider that 100-inch TV will cost you ten times worth this projector and a good screen would. While it would be difficult to pick between the Sony HW50ES and the JVC X35, they are both stunning projectors and well worth the money. This has been Ty Pendlebury for CNET.

New releases

Swap your iOS 8 keyboard for these...
0:59 September 19, 2014
With iOS 8, you can use a different keyboard than the default. Check out these third-party alternatives.
Play video
2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat...
5:50 September 19, 2014
The 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack has the muscle car power (and fuel economy) to back up its nostalgic...
Play video
Compact, budget Samsung Galaxy...
2:01 September 19, 2014
This wallet-friendly Android phone fits nicely in the hand, but has a few drawbacks you'll want to know about...
Play video
Line up for an iPhone 6, get a...
2:11 September 19, 2014
Why do people wait in line for days at Apple stores for the latest iPhones when they could preorder online?...
Play video
3D Pocketcopter crowdfunding soars...
5:13 September 19, 2014
This week on Crave it's your last chance to order a Pocketcopter that doesn't exist, run for your lives from...
Play video
The Blendtec Designer 725 is too...
2:33 September 19, 2014
A significant design flaw keeps us from recommending this high-end appliance
Play video
Genius hacker Walter O'Brien tells...
3:11 September 19, 2014
When Scorpion makes its debut on Monday night, it will bring hacking and computer security to prime time like...
Play video
The hidden features inside iOS...
2:04 September 19, 2014
Brian Tong shows you the features inside of iOS 8 that you might not know about.
Play video