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Sony VPL-HW30ES

alaTest has collected and analyzed 64 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 products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and noise. The usability and price also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the reliability.

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

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Consumer review (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 products in the same category on Amazon.com. Comments about the usability and price are generally positive. The noise and size are also appreciated.

image quality, size, noise, price, usability

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

Jul, 2019

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

Hot product award by projectorreviews.com

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...

Recommended!

Expert review by : John Archer (trustedreviews.com)

Sony VPL-HW30ES

 

The Sony VPL-HW30ES is half the price of Sony's debut 3D projector, but feels twice as good. Result.

Good all-round picture quality ; Much reduced crosstalk ; Great value ; Runs quietly

no 12v trigger output ; Still residual crosstalk in very specific circumstances ; Side-mounted AV inputs

Sony has worked wonders with the HW30ES, erasing the disappointments of the VW90ES from our minds with a projector that serves up a classy, hugely watchable and best of all impressively affordable big-screen 3D - and 2D - feast.

Aug, 2011

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

Sony VPL-HW30ES review

 

Nice looks ; easy to use ; dynamic picture, smooth motion ; quiet

Occasional picture noise ; fastest motion causes some instability

Very capable, but there are better projectors for the cash

Oct, 2011
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