- high-definition home theater projector
- widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio (can also display 4:3 material)
- 3 SXRD panels (1920 x 1080 pixels each)
- 3D-ready projector with built-in IR emitter (Sony active 3D glasses sold separately)
- Motionflow™ anti-blur technology for improved motion clarity and reduced 3D crosstalk
- panel shift fine convergence adjustment
- light output: 1700 ANSI lumens
- Reality Creation super resolution processing
- Real Color Processing color management system
- 1.6X manual zoom/focus lens (standard-throw)
- lens shift image adjustment (manual, horizontal and vertical)
- vertical keystone correction
- 200-watt UHP lamp (lasts up to 5000 hours in Eco mode)
- whisper-quiet cooling fan (21 dB)
- illuminated remote control
- BRAVIA Theatre Sync™ simplifies remote control for compatible Sony components (HDMI-CEC)
A different path to a big, beautiful picture
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.
Cinematic color and contrast
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.
Flexible setup for a variety of rooms
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.