SXRD™ 1080p high-definition projector

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A different path to a big, beautiful picture


Before you drop a bundle on a 70"-plus TV, you might want to consider a home theater projector. Offering a compelling combination of picture quality, versatility and value, Sony's VPL-HW40ES can make every movie night at your house an immersive experience. One of this projector's most appealing features is that it produces a bright, sharp, natural-looking picture straight out of the box.

Several years ago, when I moved up to a projector in my home theater, the model I chose was a Sony that's very similar to the VPL-HW40ES. I still have it and use it for all my movie and concert viewing. It's one of the best A/V equipment purchases I've ever made.

Cinematic color and contrast

The VPL-HW40ES uses three SXRD image chips — one each for red, green, and blue — to produce extraordinarily rich, solid colors. SXRD is Sony's best projection technology, and this is their lowest-priced projector ever to include it.

Getting an accurate picture is easy: Simply choose the Reference picture preset. It provides spot-on color and grayscale performance, and offers sufficient brightness that you won't feel like you're limited to viewing in a pitch-black "man-cave."

There's also a picture setting optimized for watching black-and-white movies. And if you're a gamer, you'll love the Game mode. It boosts the brightness and drastically reduces input lag time, so you won't get bogged down in the action due to slow video processing. If you like to tweak picture controls, the Real Color Processing color management system makes it easy to fine-tune specific colors and hues without affecting skin tones.

Flexible setup for a variety of rooms

With its standard-throw lens, the VPL-HW40ES is a smart choice for medium- and larger-sized rooms. You can place it on a table, or ceiling-mount it with an optional bracket. The two "lens shift" dials let you adjust the image either horizontally or vertically, to allow for off-center projector placement. The super-quiet cooling fan is inaudible from more than a few feet away, making this projector a smart choice for smaller rooms, too.

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Product Highlights:

  • high-definition home theater projector
  • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio (can also display 4:3 material)
  • 3 SXRD panels (1920 x 1080 pixels each)
  • 3D-ready projector with built-in IR emitter (Sony active 3D glasses sold separately)
  • Motionflow™ anti-blur technology for improved motion clarity and reduced 3D crosstalk
  • panel shift fine convergence adjustment
  • light output: 1700 ANSI lumens
  • Reality Creation super resolution processing
  • Real Color Processing color management system
  • 1.6X manual zoom/focus lens (standard-throw)
  • lens shift image adjustment (manual, horizontal and vertical)
  • vertical keystone correction
  • 200-watt UHP lamp (lasts up to 5000 hours in Eco mode)
  • whisper-quiet cooling fan (21 dB)
  • illuminated remote control
  • BRAVIA Theatre Sync™ simplifies remote control for compatible Sony components (HDMI-CEC)
Connections and Dimensions
  • 4 video inputs, including:
    • 2 HDMI
    • 1 component video
  • 1 PC input
  • RS-232C port for external control of the projector via compatible computer or third-party control device
  • detachable power cord
  • 16-1/8"W x 7-1/8"H x 18-3/8"D
  • weight: 22.1 lbs.
  • warranty: 3 years parts & labor — carry-in service (90 days on lamp)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • Note: front projectors don't include any type of built-in TV tuner, but they can display signals from an HDTV tuner, satellite receiver or cable box

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Great projector

Written By AZCrazy1, Arizona on Thursday, November 12, 2015

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Setup of this projector was relatively straightforward and the picture quality is fantastic. We have the unit about 25' away from a 150" screen and I couldn't be happier.

Best non 4k Projector

Written By Gary W., Florida on Thursday, October 29, 2015

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I was going back and forth between the Epson 5030ub and this Sony. After careful research and what would fit best for my needs, I purchased the Sony hw40es. Out of the box, the presets are already stunning, especially FILM1 and REFERRENCE. I was worried about the lumens being slightly less than the Epson but this thing produces enough light even on low lamp setting to watch even during the day. I have Alot of ambient light coming in through the patio and three other windows but I am able to watch my shows without any visible drop in brightness or quality. There is absolutely no noticeable input lag playing on a WiiU and PC that I have noticed. I am projecting onto a 120" white Silver Ticket screen and blu ray movies look absolutely amazing, even streaming content from an Apple TV. This is by far the best projector for 1080p content. The black levels are perfect for me despite the lack of a dynamic iris. I saw the Epson and it was way too dark. You do not need an auto focus. Once set up, the projector will remember your settings. The only complaint I have is that this projector has limited placement and must be close to perpendicular from the screen. You must either ceiling mount it or shelf mounted or placed on a flat even surface. Wasn't an issue, I was able to get a shelf and put it on top. I should have bought this projector a long time ago. This is as close to 4k as you will get. I can wait till 4k becomes the new 1080p.

Pros: Very quiet - you won't hear the fan period. Stunning picture quality No input lag. games react the same as on a tv or monitor. No screen door effect. Sealed light path Dust can collect on the lens but does not affect picture quality. Use a lens cleaning cloth for your glasses or camera and problem solved.

Cons: Limited placement. must be close to perpendicular to screen. Takes ~20 seconds for picture to show up after pressing the power button. Only two HDMI ports but not an issue if you have a receiver.

Sony VPL-HW40ES. Great so far!

Written By cavaphoto, New York on Sunday, October 18, 2015

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Easy to set up and easy to understand menu and options. Great presets for different viewing modes that make it fast and easy to start watching immediately. I love the image adjustment wheels on the top of the projector so that I can move the image up, down in order to adjust to any wall or display since I like to move the projector from one room to another

Pros: Great colors out of the box. Quick setup. Very bright. Easy to adjust image position on display or wall. Super quiet.

Cons: Big and bit heavy.

First projector

Written By Phil good, Utah on Sunday, October 18, 2015

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Great picture. My kid broke my vizio 60 in 4k TV and I decided I should try a projector so that wouldn't happen again. Was worried I'd be disappointed with the pic, but I'm not. It's beautiful. And my kids can't break it, at least not easily.


Written By Anonymous, Iowa on Monday, September 14, 2015

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Great picture, plenty bright.

Awesome Projector

Written By Anonymous, Illinois on Saturday, September 05, 2015

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I spent a ton of time agonizing between this projector and the Epsom 5030. I went with the Sony because I planed on sitting kind of close and I was worried about the scree door effect with the epson. I probably would've been happy with either projector - I can't say for sure. But I'm super happy with the quality of this product.


Written By Ralph, Florida on Sunday, June 28, 2015

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Awesome Projector

Pros: The Sony VPL-HW40ES is bright, has a good contrast ratio, exhibits excellent color accuracy, is quiet, and costs less than its direct competition. It's an all-around great performer and one awesome projector.

Cons: It doesn't come with 3D glasses (though it is capable of 3D). At $130 each, these are quite expensive


Written By Gman, Georgia on Monday, June 15, 2015

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Simply amazing

Pros: color, ease of setup, and price

Cons: None

outstandingSony projector

Written By Cyril, Texas on Monday, May 04, 2015

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1. I purchased this model after much research and because of a great price offered by Crutchfield for a scratch and dent model. We were pleasantly surprised as we found no scratches or dents on this product 2. It is a wonderful projector. It has excellent color, contrast and picture quality;it is easy to adjust all of these settings 3..It was easy and straight forward to adjust and mount this projector on the ceiling.

Pros: excellent color, contrast and picture quality easy to adjust all settings easy to mount and adjust on ceiling

Cons: none

Great Projector

Written By David D., Gurnee, IL on Monday, February 16, 2015

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I purchased this model after much research and because of a great price offered by Crutchfield for a scratch and dent model. Scratch and dent makes it sound worse than it is as the only "damage" I could find was a rub through the gloss finish on one corner. Another reason is that the projector is mounted on the ceiling directly above the seating area and there is virtually no fan noise. Bluray onto a 135" screen is awesome.

Pros: Price. Crutchfield service. Image. Adjustable picture side to side and top to bottom.

Cons: No motorized focus but may not be feasible at this price point. Large projector.


Written By Sam, Mclean, VA on Friday, February 13, 2015

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Great projector. Good colors. Easy to set up. Put it approx.14 feet back on a 120 inch screen in a dedicated theater. Works very well. Very happy with product. Chose this over Epson 5030 after much thought. Quiet Fan!!

sony projector

Written By Robert R., Texas on Saturday, January 31, 2015

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just got my projector installed...looks awesome I use over the air antenna and Amazon prime great picture on every feed!

Pros: great all around projector

Cons: none so far


Written By Rod, North Dakota on Sunday, January 25, 2015

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Great projector


Written By Sean, Texas on Sunday, January 25, 2015

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Outstanding product for its price range, picture is close to theater quality!

Pros: Picture Price point

Cons: None


Written By Bruno DC, the Washington, DC Area on Friday, December 19, 2014

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Great product...don't waste your time and go get it.You wont regret.


Written By RichR, Denver, CO on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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This projector completely met my expectations. I'm driving it directly from a sony BD player and also DirecTV with 35 ft HDMI since I have an older receiver that I am in the process of upgrading. I used a Sanus ceiling mount with the extension and project to an Elite Screen 120" with Cinewhite. All things considered, the install went as planned. Since I'm in the basement and can limit my light, I was able to use the eco mode and low fan setting. 1080p inputs look awesome. Lower resolutions of course do not look as good - makes you want to watch everything from Blu Ray. In low fan/eco mode the projector is really quiet. Running the fan at higher levels makes it audible and noticeable. The projector size is a bit big but the finish is attractive. I found the calculator in the manual for the placement to be accurate at the 12' distance - it just barely fills the 120" diagonal but can go much smaller as expected. Nice test pattern for mounting. Cine Ref setting was all I needed so I did not do a calibration. I did not use the VGA or Component inputs.

Pros: Contrast, brightness, color, image quality ... really impressive.

Cons: Projector is a little big and noticeable


Written By Jacob, Houston, TX on Sunday, October 19, 2014

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This projector is amazing. It has quality brightness output and is easy to setup. It is very quite and perfect for movies, TV, or games.

Pros: Great picture. Easy to setup.

Cons: It is not the smallest of projectors.

Sony HW ES40

Written By Vince, Ponte Vedra FL on Friday, October 10, 2014

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This project are simply amazing. The clarity is unprecedented even in a brightly lit room. Several steps above other projectors of similar price. Highly recommend.

Pros: Clarity, bright colors, black levels

Cons: None

Great projector. Exceeds my expectation.

Written By Joe, Santa Barbara, CA on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

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After a few years waiting and on/off research, finally I pulled the trigger on the Sony VPL-HW40ES, during a sale. Transaction with Crutchfield was smooth and the new projector arrived on time and in excellent condition. The image quality is stunning, a lot better than what I had expected from a projector. The color, sharpness, easy of use are all great. Contrast is great as well, particularly under low light. For the price, it is well worth it.

Pros: Excellent and crisp, accurate colors. Sharp images. Easy to set up and use. Good contrast.

Cons: All projectors suffer under bright light. This one is no exception. It is critical to cut down light for viewing with a projector.

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What's in the box?

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  • Video front projector
  • 8' AC power cord
  • Remote control (RM-PJ25)
  • Lens cap (installed)
  • Operating Instructions on CD-ROM
  • Quick Reference Manual
  • Limited Warranty Sheet

Product Research


SXRD Technology: SXRD is a display technology developed by television engineers at Sony to meet and exceed the demands of a High Definition image at its full 1080 line resolution. It is a 1920 x 1080p panel characterized by several key benefits such as full HD resolution, smooth film-like image with minimal screen door effects, high response times (2.5ms rise and fall), high contrast ratio with wire grid polarizers and high contrast plate and accurate color rendition. The images from the three SXRD 0.61" panels (2,073,600 pixels each) are superimposed over each other, making the projector's native resolution 1920 x 1080, a total of 6,220,800 pixels.

1700 ANSI Lumen Brightness: The Sony VPL-HW40ES video projector outputs 1700 lumens (ANSI rating) for a bright and dynamic picture.

Dynamic Lamp Control: Sony's dynamic lamp control technology perfectly establishes vibrant, cinema-quality brightness levels on your favorite 2D or 3D movies and TV shows.

Lens Adjustments: The VPL-HW40ES can be adjusted to fit complex rooms with its 1.6x manual zoom, and horizontal and vertical shift features, plus1/10th pixel step panel alignment. Additional adjustments include:

  • Vertical Keystone: Corrects vertical trapezoidal distortion.
  • Image Flip: Flips the image vertically or horizontally.
  • Blanking: Allows you to adjust the displayable region within the four directions of the screen.
  • Panel Alignment: This feature allows you to adjust the gaps in the color of characters or the picture.

Adjustable Image Size & Lens Throw Distance: The Sony VPL-HW40ES video projector can produce an image that is adjustable between 40" and 300" (measured diagonally). The projector's adjustable lens provides a wide range of placement possibilities for a given screen size.

Screen Size Throw Distance
80" 7.9' - 12.5'
100" 9.9'- 15.6'
120" 11.8' - 18.8'
150" 14.8' - 23.5'
200" 19.8'- 31.5'

Video Inputs: This unit can accept nearly any video signal available today, including 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p and 1080/24p (1080p and 1080/24p through HDMI input only). It will also accept a wide range of computer video signals, and is compatible with NTSC and PAL color formats. All video signals are displayed in 1920 x 1080 (1080p) resolution. The Sony VPL-HW40ES video projector offers three types of video inputs; dual HDMI, one component video, and a single PC input.

  • Dual HDMI Inputs: The dual HDMI video inputs will accept 1080p (60/24Hz), 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i signals. The HDMI video inputs also support 3D, X.V. Color, and Deep Color video.
  • Component Video Input: The component video input will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i signals.
  • PC Input: The PC input consists of a HD D-Sub 15 jack which lets you connect the projector to your laptop or computer.
Note: This projector has no internal ATSC, NTSC, or QAM tuner.

Motionflow 240Hz Technology: Enjoy smooth, sharp motion from sporting events, action movies, and video games with Sony's Motionflow 240Hz technology. Motionflow 240Hz technology also minimizes 3D crosstalks and greatly diminishes the possibility of ghosting when watching 3D. The Motionflow 240Hz feature is adjustable and can be set to High, Low, or Off.

3D Ready w/ 2D-to-3D Conversion: The Sony VPL-HW40ES projector gives you the option to enjoy 3D (three-dimensional) video via its integrated 3D Sync Transmitter and active 3D glasses (158TDGPJ1, sold separately). You can even add 3D to your favorite movies, shows or videos with Sony's unique 2D-to-3D up-conversion algorithm, allowing any standard definition or high definition 2D content connected via HDMI to be viewed in immersive Sony 3D.

Note: Depending on the installation environment of the video projector, the 3D glasses may not receive 3D signals properly from the unit's built-in 3D Sync Transmitter. In this case, connect an optional 3D Sync Transmitter (available from Sony) and place it near your viewing position.

Picture Calibration: Quickly calibrate your picture to the type of content you're enjoying with a variety of adjustments.

  • Aspect Ratio: You can select an aspect ratio best suited for the video signal received. Choose from the following:
    • Wide Zoom: a 4:3 aspect ratio picture is projected naturally to fill the screen; the upper and lower portions of the picture are cropped
    • Zoom: a 4:3 aspect ratio picture is enlarged vertically and horizontally in the same ratio to fill the screen; the upper and lower portions are cropped
    • Normal: displays a picture on the whole of the screen, maintaining the aspect ratio of the input picture; this is suitable for 16:9 or 4:3 pictures.
    • Stretch: a picture squeezed to 4:3 is displayed in 16:9 aspect ratio
    • V Stretch: a 2.35:1 picture is displayed after having been changed to 16:9; this is the most suitable mode when using a commercially available anamorphic lens
    • Squeeze: displays in its original aspect ratio when a 16:9 or 4:3 picture is viewed using a commercially available anamorphic lens.
    • Full: displays an original picture on the whole of the screen; only when a computer signal is input
  • Picture View Mode: You can select the picture viewing mode that best suits the type of video source or room
    conditions. You can save and use different preset modes for 2D/3D respectively.
    • Cinema Film 1: picture quality suited to reproducing the highly dynamic and clear images typical of master positive film
    • Cinema Film 2: picture quality suited to reproducing the rich tone and color typical of a movie theater
    • Reference: picture quality setup suitable for when you want to reproduce faithfully the original image quality, or for enjoying image quality, without any adjustment
    • TV: picture quality suited for watching TV programs, sports, concerts, etc
    • Photo: ideal for projecting still images taken with a digital camera
    • Game: picture quality suited to gaming, with well-modulated colors and fast response
    • Bright Cinema: picture quality suited for watching movies in a bright environment, such
      as a living room
    • Bright TV: picture quality suited for watching TV programs, sports, concerts, and other video images in a bright environment, such as a living room
    • User: adjust the picture quality settings manually to suit your taste then saves the setting; adjust brightness, color, hue, color temperature, sharpness, and noise reduction
  • Picture Quality: You can easily adjust the picture quality that suits your taste by selecting the adjustment.
    items with the remote control. The adjusted data can be stored in each calibrated preset.
    • Reality Creation: adjusts the detail and noise processing of images; the texture and detail of the picture become sharper. while the noise (picture roughness) becomes less prominent
    • Cinema Black Pro: increase the brightness in order to project brighter images or decrease the brightness in order to enhance blacks
    • MPEG Noise Reduction: reduces block noise and mosquito noise, in particular in digital signals
    • Color Space: converts the color space best suited for your video content
    • Contrast Enhancer: corrects the level of bright and dark parts automatically to optimize contrast according to a scene
    • Gamma Correction: adjusts the response characteristics of the tone of the picture
  • Real Color Processing (RCP): The Real Color Processing (RCP) feature allows you to adjust the color, hue, and brightness of each target of the projected picture you specify independently. You can thus obtain a picture more suitable to your taste

Preset Signal Memory: This projector has 31 types of preset data for input signals. When the preset signal is input, the projector automatically detects the signal type and recalls the data from the signal from the preset memory to adjust it to an optimum picture. The memory number and signal type of  that signal are displayed in the unit's Information Menu. The projector also contains 20 different user memories beside the preset memories used for inputting computer signals. You can save input signals that have not been preset on these user memories.

Remote Control w/ HDMI-CEC: The supplied IR remote allows you to wirelessly control many of the projector's functions. In addition, HDMI Control allows the communication of control information among connected HDMI components in your system.

  • By turning on or playing back the connected equipment, the projector will turn on and the input setting will switch to the terminal of the connected equipment automatically.
  • By turning the power of the projector off, the power of the connected equipment will also turn off automatically.
  • By changing the language setting of the projector, the language setting of the connected equipment will also change to the same language automatically.

Custom Installation Inputs: The Sony VPL-HW40ES features an IR remote input and RS-232 port for custom installations and applications.

  • IR Input: The video projector has a 3.5mm minijack input for use with an external IR receiver (sold separately).
  • RS-232C Port: Seamlessly integrate the VPL-HW40ES into virtually any major automation system via the bi-directional, industry-standard RS-232C connection.

Mounting Options: The VPL-HW40ES can be placed on a table top or ceiling mounted (mounting bracket sold separately). The projector has two adjustable rubber feet to angle the unit when projecting from a table. There are three 5mm threaded inserts that allow you to use a projector ceiling mount (sold separately) to mount the unit from your ceiling.

Power Saving Modes: The VPL-HW40ES offers two power saving modes to save energy and increase lamp life.

  • Lamp Cutoff: The lamp turns off automatically and power consumption is reduced if no signal is input for 10 minutes. If
    signal is resumed, or any button on the control panel or remote control is pressed, the lamp will light again.
  • Auto Standby: The power will be turned off automatically and the projector goes to Standby mode if no signal is input for 10

Whisper-Quiet Fan: Due to the VPL-HW40ES advanced air discharge system, Sony's whisper-quiet fan emits only 21db during show. time

Replaceable Lamp & Filter: The included projector lamp should last between 2,000 to 5,000 hours. When replacing the lamp, use Sony's LMP-H202 Projector Lamp (sold separately). The air filter is supplied with the LMP-H202 Projector Lamp.

Warranty: The projector is covered by a 3-year parts and labor warranty, while the lamp is covered for 90 days.

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