Some early adopters might see 1080p projectors as obsolete in this emerging era of 4K; however, for many videophiles who don't want or need to be at the bleeding-edge of technology, a high-performance 1080p projector can still be an ideal display device. Although the new Sony VPL-HW40ES may not offer the ultimate in terms of black level and image clarity, its overall performance is so good that, even without a professional calibration, the picture quality was impressive. If your current projector is getting long of tooth but you're still not ready to go to a 4K projector, the Sony VPL-HW40ES offers a cost-effective high-performance solution that should deliver many years of happy viewing.
Sony VPL-HW40ES 1080p projector reviewed
If you're looking to equip a smaller home theatre or media room, then the VPL-HW40ES would seem a natural choice. The brand's projection hardware is always well-built and looks great, but more importantly this model delivers a top-line performance straight from the box, producing images that bristle with detail and colour richness. Even better it requires very little time or effort to set up; the HW40ES is virtually plumb-in and play.
Sony VPL-HW40ES Projector Review
Sony has just released the VPL-HW40ES, a 1080p SXRD home theater projector. At $2,499, it is the most affordable Sony home theater projector on record. It contains many of the best-loved features of more expensive Sony home theater machines, such as Reality Creation, MotionFlow, and a 1.6:1 zoom lens with H/V lens shift. It makes HD film and video look beautiful. And despite the lack of an automatic iris, contrast and dynamic range on the HW40ES are neck and neck with its competition.
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So there you have it: the Sony VPL-HW40ES is a top-notch projector at a midrange price, which will bring plenty of joy to owners be it with Blu-ray movies, sports broadcast or video games. The dilemma facing most potential buyers will be whether to stump up £1000 more for its step-up VPL-HW55ES sibling whose adjustable iris promises deeper blacks.
Because we're avid videophiles who would stop at nothing to chase the last drop of black-level performance, we'd probably lean towards the HW55, but we suspect most users who are not installing the projector in a dedicated bat cave will be happy enough with the HW40. One thing is clear though: like the HW55ES, the Sony VPL-HW40ES dominates its price class - there's simply nothing out there that can touch it in the £2000 price range.