From the front of Sony’s VPL-HW40ES home theater projector: Sony’s lens is a 1.6:1 manual zoom lens, it is mostly recessed. Controls for focus and zoom are on the lens barrel. Also of note on the front is the forward facing IR sensor for the remote control. It can be found on the bottom right (if facing the projector). It’s hard to spot, but it is there.
Underneath the front are two screw thread adjustable front feet, and I should note that there are also two adjustable rear feet.
Exhaust and intakes for cooling can be found wrapping around the front left and right and continuing a few inches into both sides of the projector.
One side (the right side if looking facing the front) has nothing going on, as is also the case for the rear of the HW40ES.
It’s the other (left) side that’s busy – both the small control panel, and all the inputs and connectors are located on that side. The control panel is mid-way up, the connector area is near the bottom and recessed.
The top of the HW40ES has only two controls (and a nice Sony logo). They are small dials for the healthy amount of both vertical and horizontal lens shift. You will find information about lens throw distances and lens shift numbers toward the end of the hardware section.
The HW40ES comes with a full sized remote control with a nice backlight, also covered on the next page.
Sony VPL-HW40ES Inputs and Connectors
The HW40ES may be Sony’s new entry level home theater projector, but it’s still reasonably well endowed, connections an input wise. We’ll start this tour of the connectors on the left side, from the very back.
First up, recessed, and below the other controls virtually at the back, is the power receptacle. Above and to the right are the two HDMI inputs. Note, neither of them support MHL (“mobile HDMI”) which would allow, for example plugging in a Roku stick or perhaps a capable android tablet. I’m mentioning MHL now, as it’s showing up in many sub $1000 projectors and some above that price. It’s still rare in the $2000 plus range, but that may not be true in a other 6 months or a year.
But getting back to the HW40ES, next after the pair of HDMI inputs is a DB15 connector labeled as Input A. This is the usual analog computer input (aka from the old days “a VGA input”), which can handle a computer source, or be used for component video instead.
Of course next over are three color coded RCA jacks – Green, Blue, and Red as the primary component video input. Note that while most folks today use HDMI, Older home theaters more than 5 or 6 years old were wired with component video cable before HDMI became widely used.
An RJ45 (best known as an Ethernet connector) is next, but it’s there for an external 3D emitter. This is interesting as Sony doesn’t make a 3D emitter, we looked into this when we reviewed the HW55ES. Sony apparently OEM’s the emitter from XPAND, and it is available in some parts of the world. Soon you will be able buy one under the XPAND brand that will work. We have a lot more info as to what's going on with the RF for the Sony, in our Special Features page inside the 3D discussion.
Next is an IR input, and finally, there’s a DB9 connector – which is the usual RS232 serial port, suitable for “old school” command and control of the projector.