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Sony VPLHW45ES 1080p 3D SXRD Home Theater/Gaming Projector
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- Screen Size Range: 51-82 inches from 8 feet; 77-122 inches from 12 feet, 102-162 inches from 16 feet
- Resolution: Full HD (1920 X 1080)
- White Brightness: 1800 Lumens; Color Brightness: 1800 Lumens; Calibrated Brightness (cinema 1 mode): 1315 Lumens
- Contrast Ratio: NA; Lens Shift: Vertical +/- 71%; Horizontal +/- 25%
- Warranty: 3 Year Limited;Power requirement: AC 100 V to 240 V, 3.1 A to 1.3 A, 50/60 Hz
- Lamp Life: 6,000 hours
- Connectivity: HDMI (2)
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Spectacular Full HD pictures with Advanced Reality Creation
Advanced SXRD panel technology is teamed with Advanced Reality Creation - Sony's Super Resolution processing technology that refines subtle details, colors and textures. You'll see the difference with crisp, sharp Full HD pictures that take you closer than ever to the original 1080p source.
High brightness and high contrast ratio
With an impressive 1,800 lumens brightness and high contrast ratio, Full HD images are clear and with bright highlights and rich, deep blacks – even in well-lit rooms.
Smooth, fluid on-screen action
Coupled with the panel's super-fast response rate, Motionflow technology means you’ll see every detail with minimal blur - no matter how fast the action.
Up to 6000 hour rated lamp operating life (in Low mode) means simpler maintenance, with fewer lamp swaps and reduced running costs.
Flexible home installation with wide zoom and shift lens
The manual zoom lens with a 1.6x zoom ratio and wide lens shift range gives greater installation flexibility in any room size, even with high ceilings.
Industry standard RF 3D compatible
The projector's built-in RF transmitter synchronizes with compatible Sony and 3rd party RF 3D glasses for wider coverage and greater stability, so there’s no need for an external transmitter.
Cinema-like 3D brightness
Sony’s dynamic lamp control technology and rechargeable 3D glasses work together perfectly to establish vibrant, cinema-quality brightness levels on your favorite 3D movies and shows.
Forget that the projector is even in the room due to the advanced air discharge system. Sony’s whisper-quiet fan emits only 22db during show time.
Powerful picture calibration features
Quickly calibrate your picture to the type of content you’re enjoying with nine unique modes including a variety of cinema, gaming, photo and user customizable pre-sets.
You're always up to date with the latest features and firmware updates via the projector's USB port.
Three-year limited warranty
All Sony Elevated Standard (ES) projectors enjoy three-year limited warranties.
With the fan exhaust positioned at the front of the projector, you don’t need to worry about wall clearance and room for air intake/exhaust when installing. This helps maximize throw distance, for the biggest possible projected images.
|Projection Technology||SXRD (3 Chip)||SXRD (3 Chip)||SXRD (3 Chip)||SXRD (3 Chip)||SXRD (3 Chip)||SXRD Laser Light Source|
|Resolution||Full HD (1920 X 1080)||Full HD (1920 X 1080)||Full 4K (4096 x 2160)||Full 4K (4096 x 2160)||Full 4K (4096 x 2160)||Full 4K (4096 x 2160)|
|High Dynamic Range (HDR)||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Brightness||1,800 lumens||1,800 lumens||1,500 lumens||1,500 lumens||1,800 lumens||2,000 lumens|
|Dynamic Contrast||No Dynamic Contrast||120,000:1||No Dynamic Contrast||200,000:1||350,000:1||Infinite Dynamic Contrast using real-time laser light level control|
|Reality Creation||Yes (for Full HD)||Yes (for Full HD)||Yes (for 4K)||Yes (for 4K)||Yes (for 4K)||Yes (for 4K)|
|Picture Position (Lens-less 2:35)||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Anamorphic Capability||External Lens||External Lens||External Lens||Picture Position (lens-less) or external lens||Picture Position (lens-less) or external lens||Picture Position (lens-less) or external lens|
|Recommended Lamp Cycle||6,000 hrs||6,000 hrs||6,000 hrs||6,000 hrs||6,000 hrs||20,000 hrs|
|Control Interface||IR, RS-232c||IR, Trigger, LAN, RS-232c||IR, Trigger, LAN, RS-232c||IR, Trigger, LAN, RS-232c||IR, Trigger, LAN, RS-232c||IR, Trigger, LAN, RS-232c|
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|Connectivity Technology||Dual HDMI||Wireless^HDMI^MHL^USB||—||Dual HDMI||hdmi 2||Dual HDMI|
|Image Brightness||1800 lumens||3000 lumens||2,500 lumen||1800 lumens||2,000||1500 lumens|
|Image Contrast Ratio||60,000:1||23,000:1||Up to 60,000:1||120000:1||—||350,000:1|
|Item Dimensions||23 x 11.5 x 20 in||9 x 11.73 x 3.7 in||12.2 x 11.2 x 4.8 in||25.24 x 21.69 x 12.48 in||24.75 x 21.75 x 12.38 in||24.75 x 21.75 x 12.37 in|
|Item Weight||20 lbs||5.5 lbs||7.7 lbs||20 lbs||36.8 lbs||36.8 lbs|
|Resolution||1080p||1080p||1080p||1080p||—||4K Ultra HD|
Create a spectacular cinematic experience in your own home. The VPL-HW45ES is packed with technology developed for our professional Digital Cinema projectors, including SXRD panels and Advanced Reality Creation upscaling technology for fabulously detailed Full HD images. With 1,800 lumen brightness and a compact design, it’s the perfect choice for unforgettable home entertainment.
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I am former well known member of the AVS forum who used to post in the under $3,000 projector section. I've owned over ten projectors prior to this one. And I am directly upgrading from the Sony VPL- HW-40ES.
The picture quality has definitely improved from the previous 40ES model. The picture is sharper and more detailed. The color uniformity has improved. The out of box picture quality with the new 45ES looked more balanced and refined than my 40ES did after it was calibrated by a professional. Contrast has improved. Shadow detail on various movies such as The Hobbit Trilogy is visibly better than the 40ES. I'm seeing details that I did not see before with the 40ES. Black level is definitely better.
Black level on a plain white wall looks as good as the 40ES looked with my previous Screen Innovations 1.2 gain Slate screen. When I used the 40ES on the same white wall it easily washed out and appeared badly faded with one lamp on in front, far right corner of the room. However the 45ES's picture still looks bright and vibrant on the same white wall with one lamp on in the front, far right corner of the room.
Motion handling appears to be much smoother with sports with no added processing. When I do turn reality creation on level 20, screen details are sharp and crisp. Reality Creation on level 20 with the 40ES resulted in an slightly grainy looking image.
Overall picture definitely appears to be brighter on low and high modes and more vibrant. Color brightness is great on this model and definitely improved from the 40ES.
Fan noise. Fan noise seems to be 1 to 2db louder than the 40ES. Not a big deal at all. And it does not bother me or interfere with my peace of mind while watching movies or shows. However it is not as quiet as the 40ES was in my opinion. Definitely tell the difference between the two when using the projector in high lamp mode.
Bulbs are going for $450 right now which is absurd in my opinion. Though I did see authorized seller B&H Photo Video offering the replacement bulb for this model for $349. Though I'm sure prices will drop on replacement bulbs for this model as time passes.
I am very happy with the performance of this new model and I definitely feel it was a worthy and noticeable upgrade from the previous Sony VPL-HW40ES. It has a more refined and sharp picture with improved black levels in comparison to the previous model Sony VPL-HW40ES.
1. It's brighter than expected ( I have to actually turn down the brightness, even during the day)
2. it's quieter than expected (I can hear hard drives in my media center, not the projector's fan - unbelievable!)
3. It has two HDMI inputs and properly designed remote that does not infuriates the user with ridiculous design - the functionality is well thought out and is enjoyable to use.
Cons: I'd like to have audio out port - but that is solved by $10 HDMI splitter.
I'm projecting on a 125" home made screen and the projector is ceiling mounted about 6" from ceiling and about 14' from the screen. It projects perfectly and is able to be adjusted using verticle and horizontal controls and the great thing is there is no need for keystone adjustment like the other projectors.
My only gripes are:
1) it isn't as bright as I would like, but with the lights off, how it is really used anyway, it is bright enough and not really a problem. I've been using it for the past year and it has performed perfectly.
2) there are no audio outputs so you will have to have an HDMI audio extractor (not expensive) HDMI goes from video source to extractor, extractor sends audio (either 1/8", digital or analog. Depending on what you buy) to amp or mixer, and the HDMI goes out of extractor to projector.
Simple setup for those technically inclined. Probably a little difficult for those that are not. Either way you'll figure it out.
Even with these gripes I HIGHLY recommend! I bought an open box item for $1500 and gave it a shot since I was able to return it if I felt the need....because Amazon is the best! ...but haven't had to, nor would I want to. For the price I believe this is the best bang for the buck. I can't compare it to other projectors in the price range because I haven't personally seen them but from the hours of research I put in and the quality that I am experiencing i believe I got the best in class.
Would have given 5 stars if it was, say, 2500-3000 lumens. But I'll sacrifice brightness for a beautiful picture since I am treating my room like a movie theater (all lights off)
I included photos (from lg phone that doesn't have the best camera) and you can see the contrast is excellent.