Input and Output Notes
SXRD 1920 x 1080p Full HD Panels:
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. The Panel Alignment function enables you to align the pixels to within 1/10th of a pixel for a brighter, more detailed picture.
BRAVIA Engine 2 Video Processing System: The VPL-HW15 BRAVIA Home
Cinema Projector uses Sony's BRAVIA Engine 2 full digital video processor for
crisp and clear images. The 10-bit BRAVIA Engine 2 processor uses a collection of unique Sony algorithms to significantly reduce noise, enhance overall image detail, and optimize contrast, so every
scene produces sharp, vibrant, life-like images. By combining a 10-bit processor
with 10-bit SXRD panels, the VPL-HW15 can create and display 64 times the level
of color expression of 8-bit projectors, resulting in smoother color gradations,
and helping to avoid a "paint-by-numbers" look.
Advanced Iris 3: The Advanced Iris 3 function provides up to a 60,000:1 contrast ratio by optimizing both dark and bright scenes to produce deep black levels with stunning details.
You can set the Advanced Iris to Auto 1, Auto 2, Sensitivity, or Manual.
24p True Cinema: The VPL-HW15 features 24p True Cinema technology to provide a direct connection to 24p video sources, so you can avoid conversions and enjoy films at their
intended 24 fps (frames per second).
x.v.Color: This technology takes high definition (HD) color expression to new levels. When connected to x.v.Color-capable video sources, the VPL-HW15 can
display nearly twice as many viewable colors as the existing RGB color standard, resulting in natural, life-like images.
Video Signal Compatibility: This unit can accept the
following video signals:
|Composite Video, Y/C Video|
1080/60p (HDMI only)
1080/50p (HDMI only)
1080/24p (HDMI only)
|15 kHz RGB/component 50/60 Hz|
Progressive component 50/60 Hz
Preset Signal Memory: This
projector has 38 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
Adjustable Image Size: The Sony VPL-HW15 video projector can produce
an image that is adjustable between 40" and 300" (measured diagonally).
Lens Throw Distance: The projector's adjustable lens provides a wide
range of placement possibilities for a given screen size. The throw distance
(distance from lens to screen) range for several screen sizes, 16:9 and 4:3, are
Throw Distance (16:9)||
Throw Distance (4:3)|
4.54 to 6.61 feet||
5.46 to 7.99 feet|
6.59 to 9.69 feet||
7.96 to 11.77 feet|
8.64 to 12.78 feet||
10.47 to 15.55 feet|
10.68 to 15.87 feet||
12.97 to 19.33 feet|
12.73 to 18.96 feet||
15.47 to 23.11 feet|
15.79 to 23.59 feet||
19.23 to 28.78 feet|
20.91 to 31.31 feet||
25.49 to 38.22 feet|
26.02 to 39.03 feet||
31.75 to 47.67 feet|
31.14 to 46.75 feet||
38.01 to 57.12 feet|
Wide Modes: You can select various wide screen modes, depending on the
type of video signal received:
- Wide Zoom: a 4:3 picture is enlarged naturally to fill the screen. The upper and lower portions of the screen are slightly cut off.
- Normal: a 4:3 picture is displayed in the center of the screen with its
original aspect ratio and enlarged to fill the screen vertically
- Full: a picture squeezed to 4:3 aspect ratio is displayed in its original aspect ratio. When a 4:3 aspect ratio picture is displayed, the picture is enlarged horizontally to
fill the 16:9 screen.
- Zoom: a 16:9 picture is enlarged vertically and horizontally in the same
ratio to fit the screen
Picture Modes: You can select from the following picture modes
directly from the remote control:
- Standard: recommended for normal viewing conditions
- Dynamic: enhanced picture contrast and sharpness
- Cinema: provides soft, film-like picture, recommended for a dark setting
- User 1, 2, and 3: three favorite picture settings stored in memory
Picture Adjustments: In addition to the above picture modes, you can
adjust the following and customize your user presets:
- Contrast: adjusts white level
- Brightness: adjusts the light output
- Color: adjusts the intensity of the color density
- Hue: adjusts the color tone
- Sharpness: defines the outline of an object
- Color Temperature: select from High (makes white more blue), Middle
(neutral tint), Low (makes white more red), Custom (program your favorite
color temperatures and store in three presets)
- Lamp Control: switches the lamp wattage during projection from Low
(enhances the black be reducing the lamp wattage) or High (normal wattage)
- DDE (Dynamic Detail Enhancer: select from Film Mode or Progressive Mode
according to the film source you have selected
- Expert Settings:
- Noise Reduction: reduces the roughness of the picture
- MPEG NR: reduces block noise and mosquito noise
- Film Mode: set the playback according to the film source selected
- Black Level: adjust to emphasize black depending on the source
- Gamma Correction: adjusts the tone response characteristics, use
- x.v.Color: set when playing back an x.v.Color video signal
- Color Space: converts the range of color reproduction from Normal to
Wide, which reproduces more natural color tones in a wider color range
Real Color Processing: This feature allows you to adjust the color and
hue of a selected on-screen target independently. You can adjust the red,
yellow, green, cyan, blue, and magenta levels. Once adjusted, you can store the
settings in memory (User 1, User 2, or User 3).
Over Scan: Over Scan hides the outline of the input signal, useful
when noise appears around the edge.
Screen Area: When the over scan feature is turned on, the displayed
picture can be enlarged to fill the screen area.
High Altitude: The Cooling Setting has a high altitude option for use
over 1500 meters. The high setting turns the fan faster so it's slightly louder.
Power Saving Mode: When activated, the projector goes into Power
Saving mode if no signal is input for 10 minutes. The lamp goes out and the
cooling fan continues to run. It is cancelled when a signal is input or any
button is pressed.
Background: When no signal is input the background color can be set to
blue or black.
Auto Input Search: The VPL-HW15 will automatically find an active
input when the input button is pressed. If you prefer to change inputs manually,
turn this feature off.
Installation Menu: During the initial setup, or subsequent adjustment,
these features help optimize performance and offer placement flexibility:
- V Keystone: corrects vertical trapezoidal distortion
- Image Flip: flips the image vertically or horizontally, or both
- Blanking: allows you to adjust the displayable region within the
four directions of the screen
- Panel Alignment: allows you to adjust the gaps in the color of
characters or the picture
Zoom/Focus: The VPL-HW15 features a 1.6x manual zoom lens. The
picture size (zoom) can be adjusted using the Zoom Lever around the lens. The focus
is adjusted using the focus ring on the lens.
Lens Shift: The lens shift controls allow you to adjust the image
either horizontally or vertically, to allow for off-center projector placement.
Test Pattern: You can project a test pattern to help adjust the lens
focus, lens zoom, lens shift, and vertical keystone to best fit the screen.
BRAVIA Theatre Sync: The VPL-HW15 is equipped with BRAVIA Theatre
Sync, an HDMI Control function that allows communication between this Sony video
projector and other Sony equipment when they are connected via HDMI. Once the
supported equipment is connected via HDMI your equipment will automatically turn
off and on with the VPL-HW15 and begin or stop playback.
Mounting Options: The VPL-HW15 can be placed on a table top or ceiling
mounted using the Sony PSS-H10 Projector Suspension Support (sold separately) or other optional projector mounts.
The projector has three 5mm threaded screw holes to accommodate the projector
Ultra Low Noise Fan: The built-in fan delivers efficient cooling and
whisper-quiet operation. The fan's noise rating is 22dB.
Lamp and Air Filter: This projector has a
user-replaceable Sony LMP-H201 ultra high pressure lamp, rated at 200 watts.
When the lamp dims, causing the color balance to become strange, or when "Please
replace the lamp" appears on the screen, the lamp is exhausted and should be
replaced as soon as possible. In addition, the projector is equipped with a
removable air filter which should be cleaned after approximately 1500 hours use.
A new air filter is also supplied with the replacement lamp and should be
installed at the same time.
Note: The Information Menu has a lamp timer to indicate how
long the lamp has been in use.
Remote Control: The supplied remote allows you to control
all the projector's functions, including focus and zoom. Using the backlight
button, you can illuminate for approximately 30 seconds. Infrared receivers are
located on the front and the rear of the projector. The remote measures 1.963"
wide x 9.955" long x 1.07" deep.
Warranty: The projector is covered by a 2-year parts and
labor warranty, while the lamp is covered for 90 days.
Input and Output Notes
Input A (HD15): This input features an HD D-Sub 15 jack that is
compatible with HDTV RGB, component, or computer sources.
HDMI Inputs: The two High Definition Multimedia Interface provides
input for a DVD player, Blu-ray Disc player, or Digital Tuner with HDMI output.
The HDMI input can accept video signals up to 1080p.
Component Video Input: The component video input will accept 1080i,
720p, 480p and 480i signals.
Composite/S-Video Input: You can connect a VCR, DVD player/recorder, hard disk video recorder, or laser disk player via the Composite or S-Video inputs. Only
one of the connectors can be used at a time.
RS-232: The VPL-HW15 can be controlled by compatible home automation
systems using the RS-232 port.