Sony VPL-SW125 Short Throw WXGA Projector

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Product Highlights

  • 2600 Lumens
  • Bright Era LCD Panels
  • 12-Bit 3D Digital Gamma Correction
  • Short Throw Projection
  • WXGA Widescreen Resolution
  • Automatic Keystone Adjustment
  • Package of Security Measures
  • Direct Power On/Off
  • Six Picture Modes
  • Long-Lasting Lamp
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The Sony VPL-SW125 Short Throw WXGA Projector packs an impressive array of features in a moderately priced unit which is ideal for business, educational or home use. This full-featured projector offers a powerful 2600 lumens of brightness backed with a crisp 3800:1 contrast ratio, rendering sharp vivid WXGA 1280 x 800 images on screens up to 100" (2.5 m). Its 0.59" x 3 BrightEra LCD Panel (the parts that create the image) delivers smooth, seamless color combined with an unparalleled grayscale range.

If we wanted to add a descriptor to the VPL-SW125's name, a good one might be Eco (economy). This is a projector that will keep saving you money after the initial purchase. Energy savings start with the 210W high-pressure mercury lamp. It boasts a projected life of 6000 hours in Low Mode and since it's synchronized with the durable filter, both are replaced at the same time saving precious minutes of downtime during feature films or presentations. The Eco menu, which offers low, medium and high operating modes, is easily accessed on the projector keypad or the remote control. Other energy saving features include low power consumption and a Power Saving Mode, which shuts down the projector if no signal is detected in 10 minutes. The highly-efficient front fan exhaust enables what Sony calls Off and Go, which virtually eliminates cool-down time and has you packed and off to your next destination in record time.

The VPL-SW125 is equipped to use your local network (LAN) thanks to its wired RJ-45 (Ethernet) jack. You can make presentations from any PC on your network as well as managing, monitoring and controlling it remotely. You can also send important announcements like rescheduling information or weather updates to a whole fleet of VPL-SW125s. They, in turn can email you individual status data detailing conditions like excessively high temperature, imminent lamp burn-out and other maintenance issues.

The VPL-SW125 also has the international credentials you've come to expect in more expensive projectors. It's got a world-ready 100 to 240 volt 50/60Hz power supply. It can handle NTSC, NTSC 4.43, PAL, PAL-M, PAL-N, PAL-60 and SECAM video signals and it has a 20 language onscreen display (OSD). The VPL-SW125 also decodes and displays closed captioning from programming that provides it, benefiting those in your audience with hearing impairments. It also helps people with native languages other than English as well as those in noisy environments such as gyms and trade shows. Lastly, just to make sure that the lightweight VPL-EX145 doesn't depart without leaving a forwarding address, security is provided by anti-theft anchor points, as well as password and keypad lockouts.

The VPL-SW125 has a package of security measures, including password protection, and physical anti-theft anchor points
The filter only needs to be changed when a new lamp is fitted, potentially halving disruption due to maintenance
The VPL-SW125 has six picture modes (Dynamic, Standard, Game, Living, Cinema and Presentation) that can be selected to suite the nature of the source material
With the Direct Power On/Off function, there is no need to go through "Standby Mode" when powering up the projector. The projector can be set to activate as soon as power is applied
A color brightness output of 2600 lumens and an outstanding contrast ratio of 3800:1 bursts out of Bright Era LCD panels
12-bit 3D Digital Gamma Correction provides smoother and more accurate color reproduction
With the short throw lens that gives a throw ratio of 0.62:1, the VPL-SW125 is capable of projecting a large image from short distance. It helps to reduce the glare of the presenter, or reduce the space to reproduce a large image
Replace lamps less frequently with a long lamp life of 3000/4500/6000 hours. With the push of the "Eco Mode" button on the projector or remote commander, Lamp Mode saves the consumption of lamp wattage. The "Eco Mode" button is also user-customizable providing parameter selection of Lamp Mode, Power Saving Mode, and Standby settings. Power Saving Mode kicks in if there is no operation for 10 minutes without any signal input. Standby Mode can reduce power consumption in standby
When a computer is used as a picture source, APA automatically optimizes Phase, Pitch and Shift values. These can also be adjusted manually
The projector can detect keystone distortion and can correct it automatically
The VPL-SW125 has a color light output of 2600 ANSI lumens and with a native WXGA (1280 x 800) widescreen resolution panel, it is perfect for video or presentations direct from a laptop or PC
UPC: 027242824089
Image Display
Display System 3-Chip 0.59" / 1.50 cm LCD
Native Resolution WXGA - 1280 x 800 Progressive
Supported Resolutions 1400 x 1050
Format NTSC 3.58, 4.43
PAL 60, M, N
HDTV Compatibility 480i @ 60 Hz
576i @ 50 Hz
480p @ 60 Hz
576p @ 50 Hz
720p @ 50 Hz
720p @ 60 Hz
1080i @ 60 Hz
1080i @ 50 Hz
Pixels 3,072,000
Brightness Normal Mode: 1800 Lumens
High Brightness Mode: 2600 Lumens
Low Brightness Mode: 1400 Lumens
Aspect Ratio Native: 4:3
Contrast Ratio 3800:1
DLP Link 3D Yes
Scan Horizontal: 19 - 92 kHz
Vertical: 48 - 92 Hz
Lens F 1.65 - 1.8 (f = 18.19 - 21.87 mm)
Lens Shift None
Zoom 1.2x
Throw Ratio 0.62:1
Projection Size 50 - 100" / 1270.00 - 2540.00 mm 
Keystone Correction Vertical: ± 15°
Picture-in-Picture None
Ceiling Mountable Yes
Rear Screen Projection Yes
Projection Tilt Option Yes
Built-in Speaker 1 W
Input/Output Connectors
Inputs/Outputs 1x 15-pin VGA Video (Input)
1x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Mini Audio (Input)
1x HDMI Audio/Video (Input)
1x S-Video Video (Input)
1x 15-pin VGA Video (Output)
1x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Mini Audio (Output)
1x RS-232C Control/Service (Input)
1x Ethernet Control/Service (Input)
1x RCA Stereo (L/R) Audio (Input)
1x S-Video Video (Input)
Lamp (Bulb) 1x UHP
Watts 210 W
Life Eco Mode: 6000 Hours
Normal Mode: 4500 Hours
Bright Mode: 3000 Hours
Fan Noise Normal Mode: 44 dB
Remote Control Yes
Power Requirements 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption Bright Mode: 290 W
Normal Mode: 240 W
Eco Mode: 205 W
Standby Mode (Network off): <1 W
Dimensions (WxHxD) 12.3 x 5.7 x 13.8" / 31.2 x 14.5 x 35.0 cm
Weight 8.3 lb / 3.76 kg
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.2 x 18.5 x 12.8"
Sony VPL-SW125 Short Throw WXGA Projector
  • LMP-E211 Projector Lamp
  • PAM200 Ceiling Mount for E & C Class Projectors
  • RM-PJ7 Remote Commander
  • CR2025 Lithium Battery
  • Mini D-sub 15-pin Cable
  • Lens Cap
  • Operating Instructions
  • Quick Reference Manual
  • AC Power Cord
  • 3-Year Warranty

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    Love the shortthrow features

    By Rick

    from Boise, ID

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    • Durable
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Good Focus
    • Lightweight
    • Powerful
    • Sharp Picture


      Best Uses

      • Office
      • Smaller Rooms

      Comments about Sony VPL-SW125 Short Throw WXGA Projector:

      Our marketing department is actually doing more presentations now since room size is not a big requirement anymore. But would like to see Sony have a case we could order for this shortthrow. We had to have an expensive custom case built.

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      Love this projector

      By TP

      from Raleigh, NC

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      • Great picture quality


        Best Uses

        • Presentations

        Comments about Sony VPL-SW125 Short Throw WXGA Projector:

        I use this projector in church with a very limited distance to screen and it works great

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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