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I like everything about this projector. Very low noise and real life colors.
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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.
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.
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.
I like everything about this projector. Very low noise and real life colors.
Sachin S, Charlotte, NC
I like everything about this projector. Very low noise and real life colors.
The April 2016 issue of Sound & Vision reviews the $15k Sony VPL WW665ES. It shows 4K!! (Except 4K doesn't exist). It does HDR!! (sometimes, but HDR is still in development). It has partial--but not full HDMI 2.0a!! 4k is such a laugh. There is no content available. Just afew clips. And the UHD standards haven't even been set. Instead, buy this much less expensive baby which will fulfill all your realistic wishes for a front projector. Amazingly, the color calibrations are good out of the box and you only need to tweak for your specific conditions. The lamp/bulb should last for about 3 years at 4 hours per day. (Sorry that Crutchfield doesn't talk about lamp-life.) If you want to spend $15k for a 4K technology which doesn't exist, go for it. You probably don't remember the tape war btwn VHS & Beta, or the short war btwn Bluray & HD DVD. Everyone else will be thrilled w/this quite good HW40Es.
This has been an excellent projector for my family room. Even with afternoon sunlight filtering in, it's plenty bright, and the image is crisp and accurate. The remote makes it very easy to switch between modes to see what you like. Probably most surprising is the noise level...barely audible, and only if you're standing right next to it.
Pros: bright, accurate image; convenient remote; whisper-quiet
Cons: not 4K
I've been looking to get a home projector for years and recently I finally decided it was time to take the plunge. After reading reviews I narrowed it down to the Sony VPL-HW40ES and the Sony VPL-HW55ES. In the end I finally decided that for two-thirds the price, the Sony VPL-HW40ES was a better choice for me. I couldn't be happier. Crutchfield sent the projector the same day and I received it in two days. Set up was super simple and the picture quality is great. I'm getting about a 140" image projected from about 16 feet. The projector is very quiet and the colors are great and I am still getting a good image during the daytime with light filtering in through my shades. I would not hesitate to recommend this projector to anyone in the market for a $2-3K projector.
Pros: Easy set up, great picture quality, and very quiet
Cons: I wish it could read USB sticks
Looks great out of the box, zoom is good but could be better
I had an older Sony projector that was about 15 years old, and needed an update. I have been looking at this projector for some time. I sawe the price come down again, and could not pass up. My demo choice was using a brue-ray of a Few Good Men. Picture was bright and clear without any adjustments. My old projector needed the lights off in the room. Now I can have some backgtround lights without a problem.. I kept the same screen I had been using and I am very happy.
Pros: Very good picture, simple the setup. Just buy it!
Great projector. Picture is just what you expect it to be. We have it 16 feet away from the screen and we can easily fill our 160 inch (2:35 / 1) screen. Can't be happier
Pros: silent. great picture. and like all Sony TV, They are a great addition to your décor. This bulky projector looks beautiful
Cons: the zoom is manual. you have to climb on a ladder to reach the knobs and change the screen aspect from 2.35:1 to 16:9 depending on your movie format. If you suffer from fear of heights, buy the more expensive model.
Paired this with a silver ticket 110" throw of 14 feet. Incredible picture, as good as my 60 in sharp LCD . I set this up to test all my connections and out of the box the picture is incredible. I am now wondering what a better screen would do, as I cannot imagine this looking any better.
Pros: A steal at 1999. No fan noise. Great out of the box.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great picture, plenty bright.
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.
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
Pros: color, ease of setup, and price
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
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.
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!!
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
Outstanding product for its price range, picture is close to theater quality!
Pros: Picture Price point
Great product...don't waste your time and go get it.You wont regret.
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
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.
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
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.
|Resolution (pixels)||1920 x 1080|
|Contrast Ratio||Not given|
|Approximate Lamp Life||2000-5000|
|Bulb Wattage||200 Watts|
|Brightness (in ANSI Lumens)||1700white/1700color|
|Vertical Lens Shift||Yes|
|Horizontal Lens Shift||Yes|
|Vertical Keystone Correction||Yes|
|Horizontal Keystone Correction||No|
|Parts Warranty||3 Yrs|
|Labor Warranty||3 Yrs|
|Type of Warranty Service||Carry-in|
|Total Video Inputs||4|
|Wireless HDMI Input||No|
|Component Video Inputs||1|
|Composite Video Inputs||None|
|USB Media Port||No|
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:
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'|
|120"||11.8' - 18.8'|
|150"||14.8' - 23.5'|
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.
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.
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.
Custom Installation Inputs: The Sony VPL-HW40ES features an IR remote input and RS-232 port for custom installations and applications.
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.
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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Ratings and reviews. [ Andrew Jun 16, 2016 ]
The reviews and price. [ Booker Jun 02, 2016 ]
good for gaming [ Paul May 22, 2016 ]
Was going back and forth between the Sony VPL-HW40ES or the Epson 5030UB. I tried out the Epson and found the lag from my computer during gaming was too much. Also the Epson has the screen door effect and if you are too close you will see it. I saw the Sony being demo at a local AV shop and it looked great. The AV shop prices were too high and I found Crutch field had the Best prices too! Can't wait to get this puppy at my house and to fired it up! [ Joseph Apr 27, 2016 ]
Price, Free Shipping, 60 Day Return Policy, and NO TAX [ Alexander Apr 19, 2016 ]
great performance at great value. [ Sridhar Mar 25, 2016 ]
I picked the Sony because I had a Sony projector and was ready to upgrade. the reviews on the Crutchfield site helped me choose Sony again. [ Darryl Mar 08, 2016 ]
I bought this for our basement theater and I can say we are more than impressed!! Awesome picture!! [ David Mar 07, 2016 ]
Reviews on website [ James Mar 07, 2016 ]
The best I could get with out going to 4K [ Spencer Jan 17, 2016 ]
The factory and build quality of Sony again beats Epson & Ben-Q. Yes, at a higher price; but I won't be swapping the unit and/or bulbs incessantly. This is my 3rd VPL; a 720p in '03, a 1080p in '09, and now the VPL-HW40es. They run like a Deere. [ Ben Dec 25, 2015 ]
VPL-HW40 6ft 67" x 38" 91" 144" VPL-HW40 7ft 80" x 45" 108" 172" VPL-HW40 8ft 92" x 52" 125" 198" VPL-HW40 9ft 105" x 59" 142" 226" VPL-HW40 10ft 120" x 68" 163" [ SEAN Oct 05, 2015 ]
I projected a 10 foot diagonal image from a distance of 15 feel, which looked just fine. But the image size is adjustable, so if you wanted, you could project a very small image from just a few feet away. [ Daniel Oct 05, 2015 ]
James, I could be wrong, but I believe we are suppose to just completely remove the plastic cover/filter and use compressed air to blow out the "filter". I assume you are responding to the clean filter message the projector displays. [ Richard Oct 03, 2015 ]
I would recommend just rinsing and drying the filter if you can. Otherwise you can order new filters directly from Sony. I rinse my filter every month. [ Jeffrey Oct 03, 2015 ]
Unsure I've never changed it. [ KEVIN Oct 03, 2015 ]
I use Logitech harmony touch remote. [ Robert Mar 10, 2015 ]
I've had no problem with my remote. I generally point my remote at the wall I project on. It is a painted wall with no screen material. You probably already did this, but just in case, I'd suggest putting new batteries in. Otherwise, I might suspect the factory batteries. The red plastic on front of the remote indicates that it is an IR remove, vice RF. That being the case, the remote sends IR light to the projector. Is there any line-of-sight issue in your installation? The projector's IR receiver needs to see the light from the remote or bouncing off another surface on the way to the remote. Best wishes for your experience. My prior Sony projector lasted 8 years. Very happy with the image quality and 3D performance of this projector compared to an Epson 3020 that had to be replaced three times in two years between my earlier Sony and this new Sony. Crutchfield sales & service has been great too. Cheers, Larry [ Larry Mar 08, 2015 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Mar 08, 2015 ] Staff
I have not experienced a "handshake"issue like you describe. [ Larry Mar 08, 2015 ]
After warming up, which does take a bit, of you have two sources already turned on, it takes my setup about 3 seconds to switch sources. But I couldn't say I'd that is due to the projector or receiver, which is also a Sony. [ Joshua Jan 10, 2015 ]
With my receiver the switch from input to input is pretty quick. [ Mohamed Jan 09, 2015 ]
I have the Sony connected directly to my computer and an xbox 1. The image response is the same as it is on a computer monitor and I don't see any lag time from either source. On the computer I use a Ceton tuner for watching cable tv from the Sony and there is no lag associated with that either. [ Douglas Jan 08, 2015 ]
Channel changing is instand, depending on what you are using for your provider. I use Directv, and it's great. However, initial start-up ot the projector requires a handshake that is a little bit quirky sometimes. I have had to shut off my Directv and restart to complete the "handshake", but the picture is pretty awesome. [ Jason Jan 08, 2015 ]
I'm sorry I don't have the equipment. I retrofitted an older system and I do not use HDMI switching from my receiver. I have two dedicated runs to the projector and use it to switch between inputs. Switching takes seconds with the projector. [ Richard Jan 08, 2015 ]
Switching channels has no delay. As with most hdmi items there is a handshake on initial start-up of projector and receiver. I even use wireless HDMI and there is no more delay than my wired connection. Just a couple of seconds. [ DEREK Jan 08, 2015 ]
It does seem that it needs time to initially set up a handshake when the receiver is powered-on. I have not had any issues when switching components via the receiver. [ Modesto Jan 08, 2015 ]
When switching inputs, it only takes a half second or so. [ Kellen Jan 08, 2015 ]
Instantaneous. Just like a standard TV [ Jeremy Jan 08, 2015 ]