Sony VPL-HW40ES Projector Specifications

Sony VPL-HW40ES Specs
Projector ModelVPL-HW40ES
TechnologySXRD (3)
Price$2499
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim)1700
Contrast Ratio-
Native Resolution1920x1080
Max Resolution
3DYes
Native Aspect Ratio16:9
Video CompatibilityComponent, S-video, Composite
HDTV720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 1080p/24, 1080p/50, 480p, 480i
Lamp Life2000 hours
Noise Level (-db)21.0
AudioNone
DVI or HDMIYes
Power Zoom/FocusNo
Lens ShiftYes
Zoom Lens Ratio1.60:1
Optional Lens
ClassroomNo
Wireless Networking
Dimensions7.1H x 16.0D x 18.3W
Weight22.1
Warranty3 years
 

News And Comments

  • Alejandro Fabela Palma

    Thank you for the excellent review, Art! It’s a shame that this review posted so late. A couple of online and brick and mortar retailers are offering $500.00 off MSRP on this projector until July 12 (Today!) so the window to save is pretty short….Unless Sony decides to extend the deal, of course.

    • ProjectorReviews.com

      Hi Alejandro,

      Ah, rebates come and go. Sometimes they are constantly renewed, in the attempt to create a continuous sense of urgency. Some manufacturers over the years have had offers such as free extended warranties, or cash rebates, that are published expiring in a month, but every month are renewed. On the other hand, some manufacturers put nice rebates on projectors when they first launch them (usually with short expirations) to try to get sales off to a good start. As an example, seems that Panasonic has almost always launched new AE series home projectors with an extra year of warranty.

      Since price does matter, any major discounts such as a $500 rebate do affect people’s decisions. But to try to write assuming a given rebate or special, means having to update reviews and comparisons constantly. Thus we leave it up to you to figure out when a rebate is big enough to tip your decision from one projector to another. Certainly the Sony is a better value if it’s got a rebate, than without. BTW the other things that has to be taken into consideration that affect value are: included “stuff” such as 3D glasses, or longer warranties, or spare lamps, or ceiling mounts, wireless HDMI, etc. -art

      • Dr-Mohamed Adel Khalil

        Hi dear,

        Thank you for all impressive review ,,, I need help ,,

        i have panasonic ae7000 and i want to upgrade my HT projector ,, are you think i should buy HW40es or ae8000 ?? Which is better

        in black level and 3d picture ?? i know ae8000 480 hz and hw40es 240 hz ………… i hope you help me :)

  • gabthenab

    Hello Art .. for sports games with fast moving is there and judder or proplem with this sony ,, cause as i understand there is no CFi .. and im a soccer fan .. thanks alot for ur review ..

    • ProjectorReviews.com

      Hi, judder shouldn’t be a problem since your HDTV feed is likely 1080i at 60fps. That said, CFI does “smooth things out.” Personally I’m not a huge fan of CFI, I really only use it for sports, and typically on whatever Low setting a projector has. I don’t think you’ll have a problem with soccer without it, but that’s a personal call. Regardless of the projector I’m using, even for sports, I tend to turn on CFI less than half the time (probably because I don’t think about it.

      Hope that helps. BTW I wouldn’t consider soccer to be fast moving (compared to say tennis, table tennis, or hockey, or even pitching in baseball). I don’t watch much soccer, but from my experience, most of the camera shots are from a distance, so moving across the screen far slower than if a close up. -art

  • Ed

    Would you recommend this Screen for this projector?, http://www.eastcoasttvs.com/92-Motorized-Projector-Screen-16-9-p/scr92m.htm
    I don’t want to buy a low quality screen for this great projector.
    Thanks.

    • ProjectorReviews.com

      Hi Ed,

      Tthe specs tell me little from a performance standpoint (is the screen an accurate reflector of light or does it have a slight shift to red, blue, or something). All screens have at least some tiny amount of color shifting, of course.

      Nothing in those specs tells me anything about the fineness of the screen texture. For example: Is the surface smooth enough that it imparts nothing to a 1080p image? (Now we’re starting to have higher end companies touting 4K screens that are even smoother in texture than today’s 1080p, and today’s screens are smoother than those of a decade ago.

      But, all that not withstanding, there is one issue I can comment on:

      Generally for a pull-down or motorized screen, you want one with some form of tensioning so that when the screen is extended (down), it stays as close to perfectly flat as possible. Typically lower cost (and expensive) motorized and pull down screens after some time, end up less than perfectly flat.

      Now if you are showing business functions like viewing a powerpoint presentation or a spreadsheet, a little warping is going to be barely, if at all, noticeable. But, just the slightest wave (uneveness) in the flatness of a screen becomes fairly obvious when the video is panning a scene, which, of course, happens all the time.

      So, without any other considerations, I would say the lack of any tensioning would make this screen not a good choice.

      On the other hand they just might have a tensioned version for another $100 give or take. I do know that Elite (some of the least expensive screens from a recognized brand) offers motorized screens in both tensioned, and non-tensions. So do Da-Lite and Draper, but those two screens are more expensive. My own Studiotek 130 (a very expensive Stewart screen, is tensioned as was my Firehawk G3 before it. I do not recommend non-tensioned motorized screens. Mind you some things can be done without the traditional down the sides tensioning. One such thing might be to have a bar at the bottom of the screen, that’s very heavy to help keep the surface tight and flat, but that isn’t as good as tensioning, to the best of my knowledge. -art

      • Ed

        Thanks a lot for the Info. I will look for a smooth tensioned screen.

      • Ed

        Hi Art, I have been looking at Elite Screens, I am between their CineWhite, Spectra White and MaxWhite, they seem very similar in paper, but their prices vary a lot, can you help me out?, also would you consider a non tensioned motorized screen with Fiber Glass backing?
        Regards.

        • ProjectorReviews.com

          Hi Ed, I’m afraid I can’t help you out with either. I’d suggest you give Elite a call. I’m sure they could at least explain the primary differences between them. I’d have to do the same research.

          As to the non-tensioned with fibreglass backing, there you’ve got me really stumped. I’m not familiar with any motorized screens with fibreglass backing. I honestly don’t pay too close attention to screens. I just go by the old theory, which is that motorized screens without tensioning ultimately get waves in them which are very obvious after a while.

          If a fibreglass backing keeps a non-tensioned screen flat for years of going up and down, then that’s great, but, again, I’m not familiar at all. Good luck. -art

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