Sony VPL-VW550ES (White)

3D SXRD Projector 4K HD Ready

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£9,899
“In every way the Sony is an irrefutable showboat” What Hi-Fi Award Winner 2017

The world's first home projector compatible with Hybrid Log Gamma HDR

Currently, the HDR standard that most TVs and projectors adhere to is HDR10. This is the standard used by UHD Blu-ray, Netflix and Amazon so is crucial for current 4K content. The VPL-VW550ES is not only compatible with HDR10 but also Hybrid Log Gamma HDR, otherwise known as HyLG. HyLG is a broadcast and user generated standard format that is becoming more prevalent. With the ability to decode both HDR10 and HyLG the VW550ES is the most comprehensively equipped 4K projector to date.

HDR Contrast
Not content with standard HDR picture quality, the VPL-VW550ES features HDR Contrast. This increases the brightness level while retaining the other HDR benefits. HDR not only offers deeper blacks, brighter whites and more vibrant colours, but also more subtle images, too. So what looks like an area of solid black on an inferior projector will be shown to actually have shade and texture, previously unseen.

UHD 4K resolution for the ultimate detail
Thanks to their massive experience in all aspects of entertainment, Sony are now able to bring the detail of 4K Ultra HD resolution to the home cinema. Simply put, projecting in this resolution gives detail and realism that's impossible to achieve with conventional Full HD resolution. UHD 4K resolution is four times greater than the more conventional 1920 x 1080 Full HD projectors and it's a difference you can easily see on a large projection screen.

Super Resolution 4k Upscaling
Watching a 4K signal from a source such as UHD Blu-ray, Netflix or Amazon Prime is awesome but the VPL-VW550 still excels with other resolutions, too. With Super Resolution 4K upscaling built-in, you get much of the benefit of 4K resolution with your existing Blu-ray disc library. Just leave it to the Sony to upscale the image and maximise the picture quality.

HDCP2.2 now on both HDMI sockets
Another improvement over the 520 is that the 550 now features HDCP 2.2 compatibility on both its HDMI sockets rather than just the one. Compatible to highest current level - up to 4K 60p YCbCr 4:2:0 / 8-bit and HDCP 2.2 - this means that you'll be able to use the projector with two of the latest UHD 4K video sources, including UHD Blu-ray.

SXRD panels for vivid picture quality
Sony uses advanced SXRD (Silicon X-tal Reflective Display) panels with an incredibly rapid response rate of just 2.5 milliseconds. This gives the VPLVW550ES smooth, fluid motion that's faster and more stable than typical LCD TVs. Another advantage over TVs is the increased panel resolution of 4096 x 2160. This ensures that films can be viewed in panoramic formats, such as CinemaScope and American Vista with much less of the picture taken up by black bars.

Improved contrast
Already highly impressive, the VPL-VW550ES has improved its predecessor's contrast ratio to 350,000:1. SXRD panels use a superior alignment layer to LCD, meaning less light is scattered giving greater levels of black and a better contrast ratio. With an Advanced Iris, the VPL-VW550ES also offers a highly competitive brightness of 1800lm, meaning the room doesn't have to be pitch black for stunning image realism.

RF 3D compatible
With a built-in RF transmitter, the VPL-VW550ES is all set for 3D. Simply add optional RF glasses and you have access to high quality 3D; without the need for a separate transmitter. Especially impressive on the big screen, 3D images offer awesome depth and projection when shown on a quality device such as this.

With the latest improvements the Sony VPL-VW550ES confirms its spot as the 'go to' choice for the ultimate in 4K HDR home cinema.

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“In every way the Sony is an irrefutable showboat” What Hi-Fi Award Winner 2017

The world's first home projector compatible with Hybrid Log Gamma HDR

Currently, the HDR standard that most TVs and projectors adhere to is HDR10. This is the standard used by UHD Blu-ray, Netflix and Amazon so is crucial for current 4K content. The VPL-VW550ES is not only compatible with HDR10 but also Hybrid Log Gamma HDR, otherwise known as HyLG. HyLG is a broadcast and user generated standard format that is becoming more prevalent. With the ability to decode both HDR10 and HyLG the VW550ES is the most comprehensively equipped 4K projector to date.

HDR Contrast
Not content with standard HDR picture quality, the VPL-VW550ES features HDR Contrast. This increases the brightness level while retaining the other HDR benefits. HDR not only offers deeper blacks, brighter whites and more vibrant colours, but also more subtle images, too. So what looks like an area of solid black on an inferior projector will be shown to actually have shade and texture, previously unseen.

UHD 4K resolution for the ultimate detail
Thanks to their massive experience in all aspects of entertainment, Sony are now able to bring the detail of 4K Ultra HD resolution to the home cinema. Simply put, projecting in this resolution gives detail and realism that's impossible to achieve with conventional Full HD resolution. UHD 4K resolution is four times greater than the more conventional 1920 x 1080 Full HD projectors and it's a difference you can easily see on a large projection screen.

Super Resolution 4k Upscaling
Watching a 4K signal from a source such as UHD Blu-ray, Netflix or Amazon Prime is awesome but the VPL-VW550 still excels with other resolutions, too. With Super Resolution 4K upscaling built-in, you get much of the benefit of 4K resolution with your existing Blu-ray disc library. Just leave it to the Sony to upscale the image and maximise the picture quality.

HDCP2.2 now on both HDMI sockets
Another improvement over the 520 is that the 550 now features HDCP 2.2 compatibility on both its HDMI sockets rather than just the one. Compatible to highest current level - up to 4K 60p YCbCr 4:2:0 / 8-bit and HDCP 2.2 - this means that you'll be able to use the projector with two of the latest UHD 4K video sources, including UHD Blu-ray.

SXRD panels for vivid picture quality
Sony uses advanced SXRD (Silicon X-tal Reflective Display) panels with an incredibly rapid response rate of just 2.5 milliseconds. This gives the VPLVW550ES smooth, fluid motion that's faster and more stable than typical LCD TVs. Another advantage over TVs is the increased panel resolution of 4096 x 2160. This ensures that films can be viewed in panoramic formats, such as CinemaScope and American Vista with much less of the picture taken up by black bars.

Improved contrast
Already highly impressive, the VPL-VW550ES has improved its predecessor's contrast ratio to 350,000:1. SXRD panels use a superior alignment layer to LCD, meaning less light is scattered giving greater levels of black and a better contrast ratio. With an Advanced Iris, the VPL-VW550ES also offers a highly competitive brightness of 1800lm, meaning the room doesn't have to be pitch black for stunning image realism.

RF 3D compatible
With a built-in RF transmitter, the VPL-VW550ES is all set for 3D. Simply add optional RF glasses and you have access to high quality 3D; without the need for a separate transmitter. Especially impressive on the big screen, 3D images offer awesome depth and projection when shown on a quality device such as this.

With the latest improvements the Sony VPL-VW550ES confirms its spot as the 'go to' choice for the ultimate in 4K HDR home cinema.
More Information
3D TV Yes
Brightness 1800
Contrast Ratio 350,000:1
Dimensions (HxWxD) 202 x 496 x 464
DVI No
Fan Noise 26
HDMI text 2 (HDCP 2.2)
Lens Shift Yes
Maximum Screen Size 300
Pixel Resolution 4096 x 2160
Power Consumption- Normal Use 390
Power Consumption - Standby 0.3
Projection Technology SXRD
Remote Control Yes
Scart Sockets No
Speakers Yes
Throw Ratio 1.38 - 2.83:1
Weight (KG) 14
Brand Sony
1080p Full HD Ready Yes
4K Ultra HD Yes
HDR Yes
Colour White
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A monster projector with incredible pictures This is a beast of a projector which delivers some absolutely stunning pictures. The unit itself is huge, weighing in at 14kg, and will dominate a small room. The pictures are sharp and bright, and even 1080 material benefits from the Reality Creation Engine. In low lamp mode the fan is whisper quiet, but at 8' diagonal the picture is still bright enough to watch with ambient light. Setup is really easy thanks to motorised focus, zoom and lens shift, the later being both vertical and horizontal. I have yet to fully test its 4K credentials, but the colour and contrast with 1080 material is brilliant. The only video inputs are 2 x HDMI 2.0, which means analogue sources have to be connected through a converter or up-converting amplifier. As a high end projector, it is a little pricey, but the generous lamp life should keep replacement costs down a bit.
Date published: 2017-02-11
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Free UK delivery

Next day delivery and timed options available for online purchases of selected products. Please see checkout for further details.

Buy now, pay later For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Find out more

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call or ask in-store for details

Lowest price guaranteed! We're confident that our prices are amongst the very keenest out there, so we've made it as easy as pie to qualify for our Price Beat. Richer Sounds also guarantees to beat web prices, and Price Beat is even valid for 7 days after purchase, so if you've seen a cheaper price, let us know, and we'll happily beat that price by up to £100!

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We’ll beat any genuine advertised price, even from the web & give you up to £100!

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