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Sony VPL-HW45ES

Sony VPL-HW45ES
alaScore 98

12 reviews

Dec, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 reviews of Sony VPL-HW45ES. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors for all reviews. People really like the design and usability. The image quality and noise are also appreciated, but there are some mixed reviews about the price.

noise, image quality, usability, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Sony VPL-HW45ES is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Chris Heinonen (thewirecutter.com)

The Best Projector for a Home Theater

 

With its superb image quality, easy setup options, and comparable affordability, we think the Sony VPL-HW45ES is the best projector for dedicated home theaters.

The Sony VPL-HW45ES offers the best mix of picture quality, light output, and price. It’s quiet, easy to set up, and a great projector all around. If you want a step up in picture quality (including wide color gamut colors), the Epson Home Cinema...

Jul, 2017

Expert review by: Steve May (techradar.com)

Sony VPL-HW45ES HD Projector review

 

Maybe we don't need 4K after all?

Cinematic picture performance ; Top notch detail processing ; Superior motion handling ; Relatively quiet

Too dim for media room use ; Needs professional installation ; Lack of a 12v trigger is irritating

This sensational Sony is a welcome update on a sumptuous 1080p projector design. If you're planning a dedicated cinema room, it's a blockbuster you won't want to miss…

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Sony VPL-HW45ES review

 

From the moment you switch it on, you'll discover a talented projector

Crisp, detailed picture ; Natural colour pallet ; Easy to set up

Nothing at this price

From the moment we switched on this Sony we could tell we were on to a winner, and that notion never wavered

Oct, 2016

Recommended by TR

Expert review by: John Archer (trustedreviews.com)

Sony VPL-HW45ES

 

The VPL-HW45ES is the successor to a classic Full HD projector, the VPL-HW40ES. That's a formidable heritage, but Sony has had two years to come up with ways to improve on it. The result: it's really, really good. Your movies will look great, but low...

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: (avforums.com)

Sony VPL-HW45ES 1080p SXRD Projector Review

 

Sony has a new 1080p SXRD entry level projector in the shape of the HW45ES and it is an absolute cracker!

Good black levels for this level of the market ; Excellent colour accuracy ; Good shadow detail and dynamic range ; Excellent video processing ; Good motion ; Excellent input lag for gaming ; Good quality lens and sharpness

Not much wrong at this price and performance level

The best way to conclude this review is by stating the obvious. If you want accurate cinematic images with decent blacks, good shadow detail and stunningly accurate colours for under £2,000 there is no other choice to be made. No, it is not perfect and...

Consumer review by: Woody71 (richersounds.com)

Great picture...

 

OK, first thing first...bought this from the Cardiff store and the staff there were excellent as always. Top class service. Projector - it's a beast. I upgraded from an Epson and this has an even bigger case, but still managed to get it ceiling mounted...

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: AVAndy (richersounds.com)

Simply great picture

 

Really great picture in all of the preset modes. HD content, especially animated movies like Pixar ones, looks stunning. Blacks are nice and dark too. It's pretty quiet, even sitting directly under it you don't notice the fan noise. The only thing that...

Oct, 2017

Consumer review by: Anonymous (richersounds.com)

Excellent 3D 1080p projector

 

With default settings this projector was OK. There was some visible jerking in movement but the colours were good. However, after tweaking the settings the motion is smooth and the colours are outstanding. There's lots of contrast, the blacks are deep...

amazing contrast , 3d is immersive and easy to setup , quiet fan , good adjustment (up/down/left/right throw) , great blacks and whites

does not come with 3d glasses , default settings need changing

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (richersounds.com)

Excellent 3D 1080p projector

 

With default settings this projector was OK. There was some visible jerking in movement but the colours were good. However, after tweaking the settings the motion is smooth and the colours are outstanding. There's lots of contrast, the blacks are deep...

amazing contrast ; 3d is immersive and easy to setup ; quiet fan ; good adjustment (up/down/left/right throw) ; great blacks and whites

does not come with 3d glasses ; default settings need changing

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: mikemag49 (richersounds.com)

Best projector under £2k

 

This is my fourth projector and easily the best I've owned. It's used in a dedicated cinema room and the picture across the board, from blu ray, dvd, set top box and Apple tv is excellent. It's not exactly small and light, so if you are mounting it on...

picture quality , great black levels , quiet running in low mode , vertical and horizontal lens shift

Nov, 2016
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Product Specifications

Design

Ceiling mountable: Yes
Ceiling mounting supported:Y
Color of product:Black

Display

Built-in display: No

Energy Management

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100 - 240
Power consumption (standby):0.4
Power consumption (typical):310
Power Source:DC

Lamps

Bulb power:215

Lens System

Focus:Manual
Horizontal lens shift range:-25 - 25
Vertical lens shift range:-71 - 71

Networking

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

Packaging Content

Handheld remote control: Yes
Remote Control Type:IR

Performance

Noise Level:22

Ports & interfaces

Audio (L,R) in:1
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DVI port: No
HDMI ports quantity:2
Remote (IR) output:1
RS-232 port:1
RS-232 ports:1
Serial interface type:RS-232
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 (network standby):1
Power consumption (standby):0.4
Power consumption (typical):310
Power Source:DC

Projector

Native Aspect Ratio:16:9
Objective projection distance:40 - 300.2
Projection distance:40 - 300.2
Projection technology:SXRD
Projector brightness:1800
Projector native resolution:1080p (1920x1080)
Screen size compatibility:40 - 300
Zoom capability:Manual
Zoom ratio:1.6:1

Storage

Card reader integrated: No

Technical Details

RS-232C:Y

Video

Full HD: Yes
Supported video modes:480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.05
Height:1.84
Weight:19.8
Width:16