Sony VPL-HW40ES Projector Review – Advanced Calibration Information

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  • As always, thanks for the in-depth review! I’m getting ready to finally upgrade my seven year old Mitsubishi HD1000U. I was set to pick up a Refurb Epson 5020, which is now ~$1,800, but have seen a couple of outlets that have the Sony VPLHW40ES new at a similar price point.

    You pointed out the performance of black levels compared to the Epson 5030, while a model year older, would you expect a similar level of disparity in black level performance for the Sony 40ES vs the Epson 5020 (set up is a light controlled basement media room)?

    As someone who also has planned use for video gaming ~20% of the time, the lower input lag of the Sony is attractive as well.


      There was virtually 0 visible difference, by my take, between the 5020ub and the 5030ub, despite the change in contrast spec. So, to answer your question, think of the 5020ub and the 5030ub to be essentially the same in this regard. On the other hand, the firmware update to Super-Resolution for the 5030UB (but not the 5020UB), is a real improvement. -art

  • JamButty87

    Hi, i currently have a Panasonic PT-AE8000, its nearing the end of it lamp life and was looking for something new. Which would you buy love this Sony or Panasonic i already have. Only taking into consideration brightness after calibration, sharpness, motion judder and black levels? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • Dr. MKhalil

      change to Sony ,,, amaizing PJ ,, see my comparison in replys in (hw55es review section)
      good luck .