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Sony VPL-HW45ES User Reviews

Sony VPL-HW45ES Projector


HD 1080 (1920x1080), 1800 ANSI Lumens,
19.8 lbs, $1,999 (MSRP)
View Specs
4.3 out of 5
5 User Ratings
Image Quality 4.8
Features 3.8
Construction 4.4
Ease of Use 4.4
Reliability 4.6
Value for Money 3.8

User Reviews

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Review by Matt

Upgraded from an Epson home cinema 720 that was 7-8 years old. What a huge difference in brightness, contrast, color fidelity, and depth. A truly amazing projector, especially for the money. Viewed several other 1080p projectors from $800 to $2000, and although all weren't calibrated perfectly for viewing, the Sony provides the best color and contrast to my eyes. Great image for the money, especially if you're sensitive to rainbows from DLP like I am.

Any Problems: None so far in 30 hours of use.

Review by Cameron

The biggest issue is that this does not support HDMI control. Even my crappy old Bravia TV has that. My 28 years of Sony product loyalty in having an ES Receiver, ES Blu-ray player, Play station for their natural compatibility is now wavering.

Any Problems: Just the issue with getting the HDMI control...that does not work.

Review by frederico filipe

The projector provide excellent color and contrast and deliver a fantastic picture with good black level.I had previous a good Epson6500 ub, but it can't mach the color accuracy and sharpness of the sony. I can't forget to mention the SXRD display, its another level of display. It can't be compared to LCD. There is no espace between pixels, doesn't mater the distance.

Any Problems: none

Review by Projectorlover

I think this projector is highly overrated! I have compared it to several other projectors that I also own, and the image quality is not better than several of my 1080p LCD-projectors. In fact, it's worse than one of my projectors from 2009! The frame interpolation is also "just ok" on this projector, not fantastic, like some reviewers have claimed. Low input lag for games is a real strength though. If you want a really sharp projector, this is not the right projector. Save your money and wait for a native 4K within your budget. There seems to be several new 4K projektors on the near horizon, that will not break your budget.

Any Problems: No problem encountered other than the less than premium image quality. Fan noise is a bit to high for my taste.

Review by Bill Bohman

This projector produces a good quality picture. It is also fairly quiet and does not interfere with the audio track of what is being shown.

Any Problems: Buyer beware - this projector does not have a keystoning feature. This is the first year Sony removed this feature from this model of projector and that fact is not widely understood. Ensure your installation will not need Keystoning before purchasing this projector.