Sony VPL-HW40ES Summary
I really like the Sony VPL-HW40ES projector. Simply stated it’s one hell of a projector in terms of performance, considering it sells in the $2000 to $2500 range. It’s definitely got some trade-offs, but there’s no question in my mind that it’s one of the two most desirable projectors available under $3000. In saying that, remember my mantra – the trick is to pick out the best projector for your world, not some theoretical best projector from a technical standpoint. That means your room conditions, how often you are watching it, what type of content you are watching, your budget, and what’s most important to you in terms of picture quality including, sometimes having to choose the best compromise between black levels, sharpness, color accuracy, and even warranty and support, are all factors to be considered in making the right choice.
In the US, the projector only comes in the dark finish, which is unfortunate for some. Since the HW40ES is a projector we can recommend not only for a darkened theater, but for many reasonable, media, living, family, and bonus rooms, where often the ceilings and walls aren’t dark, and where esthetically, a key family member might tell you “a black projector won’t look good here, pick something else.”