Sony VPL-VW325ES 4K projector review: Epic home theater

I’ve reviewed a slew of home theater projectors in the last 18 months, and many of them were very good. The VPL-VW325ES, quite simply, blows them all away. And it’d better, because it also costs five times as much as most of those projectors. 


  • Stunning image
  • Stunning contrast ratio
  • Relatively quiet

Don’t Like

  • Pricey
  • Not very bright
  • Lacks the color of lasers

While there are many reasons the VPL-VW325ES performs as well as it does, the main one comes down to two simple words: contrast ratio. Using a trio of 4K SXRD liquid crystal on silicon chips, the VPL-VW325ES puts out a contrast ratio that’s 60 percent better than the next-best projector I’ve measured recently, and more than 10x better than most of the other projectors I’ve reviewed. That contrast allows the Sony to create an image that looks significantly more realistic, with more apparent depth, than anything that

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