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Sony VPL-HW30ES

alaTest has collected and analyzed 61 reviews of Sony VPL-HW30ES. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors for all reviews. Reviews about the design and noise are on the whole positive. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Sony VPL-HW30ES is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony VPL-HW30ES

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Sony VPL-HW30ES from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the usability and price. The noise and size are also appreciated.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony VPLHW30ES 300-Inch 1080p Front Projector - BlackSony VPLHW30ES 300-Inch 1080p Front Projector - Black

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: M. David Stone (pcmag.com)

Sony VPL-HW30ES

 

The Sony VPL-HW30ES home theatre projector that supports both 2D and 3D at 1080p and also converts 2D input to 3D on the screen.

1080p resolution for both 2D and 3D. Accepts 3D signals directly from Blu-ray players, cable TV boxes, and the equivalent.

External IR emitter needs line of sight connection for synching with 3D glasses. Comes without 3D glasses or emitter.

Dec, 2011

Expert review by: Thomas J. Norton (hometheatermag.com)

Sony VPL-HW30ES 3D SXRD Projector

 

Sony's VPL-HW projectors go back a few years, with steady model-to-model refinements. Last year it was the VPL-HW20; this year it's the VPL-HW30ES. Note that the HW30 now carries Sony's premier ES designation. But there's more than that to account for...

I’ve long since passed the point where I look back nostalgically and yearn for the image quality of those classic CRT projectors. But the fact that even a sub-$4,000 projector can keep us from pining for those good old days is more than just news; it’s...

Nov, 2011

HOME THEATER - TOP PICKS

Expert review by: Thomas J. Norton (hometheater.com)

Sony VPL-HW30ES 3D SXRD Projector

 

Sony's VPL-HW projectors go back a few years, with steady model-to-model refinements. Last year it was the VPL-HW20; this year it's the VPL-HW30ES. Note that the HW30 now carries Sony's premier ES designation. But there's more than that to account for...

Nov, 2011

Sound & Vision TOP PICK

Expert review by: Thomas J. Norton (soundandvision.com)

Sony VPL-HW30ES 3D SXRD Projector

 

The VPL-HW30ES mimics the distinctive look of Sony's more upscale VW projector line, although here the lens is partially recessed into a scalloped notch. As before, all of the controls and inputs are located on the side, with the inputs recessed under...

Nov, 2011

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Expert review by: Anthony Arrigo (projectorreviews.com)

Sony VPL-HW30ES

 

You may purchase the standard projector, the VPL-HW30ES - MSRP of $3699, or you may purchase, for $300 more in the US, the VPL-HW30AES, a bundle that includes two pair of rechargeable 3D active glasses, and the Sony emitter (transmitter), used to sync...

One of the brighest 3D capable projectors so far, in the over $3500 price class ; 800+ measured lumens in "best" mode, no problem, even with large screens (ie: 10 feet wide) ; Excellent overall color, and skin tones ; Lots of preset image modes ;...

Black levels, while very good, not best in class ; Emitter seems to work best in front of room (long ethernet cable from projector) ; CFI (like all but a few projectors) is a little much for movie viewing (changes the director's intent) ; Though...

This is a projector that works best in a home theater environment, but can double in a light controlled family room as well. It's definitely more value than last year's VPL-VWPro1, and can easily take on the likes of the Sharp XV-Z17000, and Optoma...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: Projector reviews (projectorreviews.com)

Expert Review

 

One of the brighest 3D capable projectors so far, in the over $3500 price class, 800+ measured lumens in “best” mode, no problem, even with large screens (ie: 10 feet wide), Excellent overall color, and skin tones, Lots of preset image modes,...

One of the brighest 3D capable projectors so far, in the over $3500 price class, 800+ measured lumens in “best” mode, no problem, even with large screens (ie: 10 feet wide), Excellent overall color, and skin tones, Lots of preset image modes,...

As to shadow detail, again, classic performance for the price range. Some will be a bit better, but, mostly I’d be quibbling. I consider that last mile of dark shadow detail to be relatively minor. Given a choice at this level of projector, I see black...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: AVguide (avguide.com)

Sony VPL-HW30ES 3D SXRD Projector (TPV 106)

 
Aug, 2011

Expert review by: (projectorcentral.com)

Sony VPL-HW30ES Review

 

Sony delivers a quality 3D 1080p picture at a low price that is available now...

Expert review by: (homecinemachoice.com)

Sony VPL-HW30ES review

 

If I was building a dedicated home cinema tomorrow, I would, without doubt, install a 3D projector. While cynics continue to shrug at the tsunami tide of 3D flatscreen TVs heading our way, and I also have some reservations, I've yet to meet anyone...

Gorgeous 2D performance; deep blacks and excellent colour

No 12V trigger; minor crosstalk; separate 3D sync transmitter

Dec, 2011

Expert review by: Steve May (techradar.com)

Sony VPL-HW30ES review

 

Sony's second-generation 3D projector is a sensation, regardless of dimension

Gorgeous 2D performance ; Deep blacks and excellent colour

No 12V trigger ; Minor crosstalk ; Separate 3D sync transmitter

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Product Specifications

Design

Ceiling mountable: Yes
Ceiling mounting supported:Y
Color of product:Black / White
Form Factor:Desktop / Portable
LED Indicators: Yes
Product type:Desktop projector / Portable projector

Display

Built-in display: No

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC input frequency:50 - 60
AC input voltage:100 - 240
Input frequency:50/60
Input Voltage:100 - 240
Power consumption (PowerSave):0.5
Power consumption (standby):8
Power consumption (typical):300
Power Source:AC

Lamps

Bulb power:200
Lamp Type:UHP
Lamps quantity:1
Service life of lamp:2000
Service life of lamp (economic mode):3000

Lens System

Aperture range (F-F):2.5 - 3.4
Focal length range (f-f):0.736 - 1.17
Focus:Manual
Horizontal lens shift range:-0.25 - 0.25 / -25 - 25
Optical Zoom:1.6
Throw ratio:1.5 - 2.3:1
Vertical lens shift range:-0.65 - 0.65 / -65 - 65

Networking

Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Wi-Fi: No

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):35 - 85
Operating relative humidity range:35 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 60

Other Features

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Dimensions (WxDxH):16 x 18.3 x 7.06
F-number (relative aperture):1.6
HDMI:
Lens Shift:V: +/-0.65V, H: +/-0.25H
Lens system:X1.6
Picture size:40 x 300
Power LED: Yes
Power Requirements:3.0-1.3A
Projection lamp:LMP-H202
S-Video port:
Wireless technologies:Wired

Packaging Content

3D glasses included:
Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: Yes
Manual: Yes
Remote Control Type:RM-PJ20
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

HDCP:No / Yes
Noise Level:22
Noise reduction: Yes

Ports & interfaces

AC (power) in: Yes
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:1
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI ports quantity:2
RS-232 port:1
RS-232 ports:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC input frequency:50 - 60
AC input voltage:100 - 240
Power consumption (PowerSave):0.5
Power consumption (standby):8
Power consumption (typical):300
Power Source:AC

Projector

Contrast ratio (dynamic): / 70000:1
Digital gamma correction: Yes
Keystone correction, vertical:± 4
Matrix size:0.61
Native Aspect Ratio:16:9
Projection technology:SXRD
Projector brightness:1300
Projector native resolution:1080p (1920x1080)
Screen size compatibility:40 - 300
Supported aspect ratios:16:9

Storage

Card reader integrated: No

Video

3D:Y
3D compatibility: Yes
3D-ready: Yes
Analog signal format system:NTSC, NTSC 3.58, NTSC 4.43, PAL, PAL M, PAL N, SECAM
Full HD: Yes
Supported graphics resolutions:1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) / 720 x 576, 1280 x 720 (HD 720), 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080)
Supported video modes:1080p

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:18.3
Height:7.05 / 7.06
Weight:22 / 352.7
Width:16