Sony VPL-HW30ES Home Theater Projector Review
|Sony VPL-HW30ES Specs|
|Brightness (Manufacturer Claim)||1300|
|Zoom Lens Ratio||1.60:1|
|Lamp Life||2000-3000 hours per Sony, no published spec|
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Sony’s VPL-HW30ES projector is Sony’s new, and least expensive 1080p, 3D capable, SXRD (LCoS), home theater projector. The HW30ES is newest in a long series of “lower cost” LCoS home theater projectors that Sony’s been offering for years. None of the VPL-HW30’s predecessors, however, were 3D capable. The most recent models it replaces are the VPL-VWPro1, and before it, the VPL-HW15.
Sony VPL-HW30ES Projector Overview
Perhaps the big question is not so much how good the VPL-HW30ES is, but rather, how is it so much better a deal than the $9,999 Sony VPL-VW90ES and perhaps the 90ES’s replacement, the VPL-VW95ES. You really do get a Sony projector that’s close in terms of performance in most areas, but a bit less feature laden – such as manual lens features, instead of motorized, and no anamorphic lens option. Still, this Sony packs a lot of performance, especially for being barely 1/3 the price of the next model up!