SONY VPL-HW40ES PROJECTOR - HARDWARE TOUR PAGE 3: Menus
Sony HW40ES Menus
Rather than long descriptive paragraphs, for our discussion of menus, I have added captions to a number of the menu photos in this player. Many of these menus are self explanatory, and the features on some others are discussed elsewhere.
Main Picture Menu
Very similar to other Sony's main menus. It's the sub-menus that have less features
Sony provides a wide range of pre-set picture modes
This is Sony's dynamic detail enhancement feature , it's very effective
Reality Creation Adjustments
From minimum to 100. We found 20 is normally the default and fine for most, but increases image noise.
Motion Enhancer Menu
This comes up when selecting MotionFlow on main menu, for CFI.
Limited Pre-set Color Temps
Four fixed settings, plus Custom 5 is far less than the HW55ES. Only "5" can be customized
Adjusting Color Temp
This menu has the usual grayscale adjustments of Gain and Bias for R, G, and B.
RCP houses the CMS
From this menu, you can select, then calibrate each primary and secondary color separately
This sub-menu allows separate fine tuning of settings for R, G, B, C, M, and Y - primary and secondary colors
Picture - Expert Settings
Noise Reduction, Contrast Enhancement, and most importantly Color Space - BT.709 almost perfect
Allows adjustment of Aspect Ratio and also allows engaging Overscan
Less features here, for example only two placement locations for menus - Center, lower left
Offers Image Flip (for ceiling mounting), and importantly, Panel Alignment
Basic Info menu
Early production unit - number 12. Info, surprisingly doesn't show firmware version number
Three other options, but BT.709 is virtually dead on, so look no further
Menus - Comments
Sony has a very good, and intuitive menu system. And it's very familiar if you've previously worked with other Sony projectors.
The primary difference between the menus on the HW40ES and its big brother, the HW55ES is not the layout, but rather what's in the sub-menus.
There are many elements - mostly "luxuries" that can be found on the HW55ES but not the 40ES.
Typical are differences like these:
HW40ES only has two menu positions, less cosmetic adjustments
HW40ES has only one Custom gamma instead of many
HW40ES - no iris controls, because there's no iris