Sony VPL-HW30ES 3D Home Cinema Projector

Model Number: VPL-HW30ES/US
Web Code: 14672921

Sony VPL-HW30ES 3D Home Cinema Projector


1300 LumensImproved 3D BrightnessSXRD Panel TechnologyDynamic Lamp Control TechnologySeparate 2D and 3D ModesAdvanced Iris3 ControlExtremely Low Fan Noise (22dB)BRAVIA SyncAdjustable Lens ShiftHDMI x 2

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1300 LumensImproved 3D BrightnessSXRD Panel TechnologyDynamic Lamp Control TechnologySeparate 2D and 3D ModesAdvanced Iris3 ControlExtremely Low Fan Noise (22dB)BRAVIA SyncAdjustable Lens ShiftHDMI x 2

The Sony VPL-HW30ES 3D Home Cinema Projector is a very nice projector with 1300 lumens of brightness and a 70000:1 contrast ratio. Packed with exciting innovative features which are easy to use and control, you can experience enhanced immersive 3D movie content without having to leave your sofa. However, to use 3D glasses with this model, you must bundle it with the TMRPJ2 transmitter (not included).Of course the VPL-HW30ES has the features youve come to expect from a high-quality installation projector. It can display 720p, 1080i and 1080p high definition images and its international capabilities include being able to automatically select and project NTSC, NTSC 4.43, PAL, PAL-M, PAL-N, PAL-60 and SECAM signals. It also has a world-ready 100 to 240 volt AC 50/60 Hz power supply.But with the VPL-HW30ES and a LAN connection you can do more. You can actually present from any computer on the network. If you manually register your PCs IP address with the projector, you can project from anywhere on the Internet. Thats great for teleconferencing and distance learning applications.BRAVIA Sync

BRAVIA Sync simplifies and enhances the home theater experience. Through the control capabilities of HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface), the devices sync with one another for intuitive operations such as one touch play and system standby

Fully Digital Signal Processing

Incorporated High quality Engine in the VPL-HW30ES is a fully digital integrated picture enhancement engine, optimally engineered by Sony for front projectors. This high quality Engine relies on a collection of Sony-unique algorithms such as noise reduction and color enhancement to produce sharp, vibrant, lifelike images

RCP (Real Color Processing) Ver.2

The VPL-HW30ES offers an RCP (Real Color Processing) function to adjust the color and hue of each target color of the projected picture independently. Additionally, version 2 adds the ability to adjust the brightness at the same time. With this capability, dealer and enthusiastic users can tweak the images to perfection

Panel Alignment Function

The VPL-HW30ES is configured with a function that compensates for gaps in character or color management. It is possible to select R (Red) or B (Blue) to make adjustments based on G (Green), and to adjust the horizontal and vertical direction by shifting the full image or selecting points of each color

Adjustable Lens Shift

The VPL-HW30ES has an adjustable lens shift function. Picture position (both horizontal and vertical) can be easily adjusted with the motorized adjustable lens shift function, which expands the projectors placement and installation options without distorting image quality

New Remote Commander

The VPL-HW30ES is supplied with a new remote commander, with backlit buttons for ease of use in darkened rooms, one-touch control for many popular adjustments, and easy grip for practical convenience

Extremely Low Fan Noise (22dB)

The VPL-HW30ES runs very quietly with an advanced air discharge system. Through a highly efficient cooling system, fan noise is suppressed to a mere 22dB. With whisper-quiet fan noise, users can concentrate on a movie or game in a quiet environment without distraction

Advanced Iris3 Control

This is an automatic Iris control feature that enhances the contrast in accordance with the scene. It maximizes black and white levels without diminishing peak brightness

Separate 2D and 3D Modes

The VPL-HW30ES allows you to pre-select separate parameters for 2D and 3D content under a variety of application modes - dynamic, standard, game, living, cinema and presentation - as well as automatically recognizing 2D or 3D input

Dynamic Lamp Control Technology

When each of the shutters on your 3D glasses (not included) opens, Dynamic Lamp Control technology automatically boosts the brightness in the image to that eye, maximizing the pictures impact and the lamps efficiency


Motionflow technology allows the VPL-HW30ES to display twice as many images per second. This algorithm, unique to Sony, creates completely new images based on the incoming signal, and inserts them between the original frames to reproduce smoother, sharper motion

SXRD Panel Technology

SXRD panels minimize the gaps between pixels to 0.2?m for sharper, dot-free images, making it possible to reproduce 240 frames per second. The opening and closing of the shutters on the 3D are synchronized to ensure that each eye receives the correct image, reducing crosstalk to a minimum. The result is stunningly detailed, high definition 3D images that you believe you can reach out and touch

Improved 3D Brightness

The VPL-HW30ES delivers three times the brightness of the VPL-VW90ES through its new lamp and electronic technology, also giving better light efficiency for time sequential 3D pictures


This product comes with PrimeSupport - fast, hassle free repairs and a helpline offering expert technical advice. This gives you the peace of mind that Sony is looking after your equipment, and your business. With VPL home projectors, PrimeSupport also includes a free loan unit - of similar specification if repairs are likely to exceed 10 working days, minimizing your disruption

In the BoxSony VPL-HW30ES 3D Home Cinema ProjectorRemote Commander (RM-PJ20)

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Of the 13 reviewers who responded, 11 would recommend this product.

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  • Only 2 pair of 3D glasses.
    Reviewed by bedlam - September 29, 2011

    The picture quality and color is really great, but the system only comes with 2 pair of 3D glasses (Sony model # TDG-PJ1). The only 3D glasses available to purchase seperately are Sony model # TDG-BR250, which are designed for the Sony Bravia 3D TV's and do not work with Sony's 3D projector (model # VPLHW30AES). I've talked to both Best Buy and Sony representatives. Neither Best Buy nor Sony have the TDG-PJ1 glasses available to purchase. Sony says they do not have them available due to the projector being a new model, and recommended that I call back in 1 week for updates. Therefore, Sony's 3D projector system is highly dissappointing for a theater room setting.

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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  • Incredible
    Verified BuyerReviewed by Stunod - July 8, 2013

    I should probably point out that I am projecting onto a wall with cheap (like less than $10/gallon cheap) flat white paint. The wall is pretty smooth, but it's not perfect. I started this as a test to see if I should buy some expensive movie screen paint, or, if it had absolutely no promise, get a screen. Maybe I'm just lucky, but most likely, this projector is just that good. There is no distortion on it whatsoever, and I'm probably sitting closer than is recommended for a screen this size. The colors are brilliant, and the darks are dark. In a word, awesome.

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    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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  • Great all around projector
    Reviewed by jstabb - April 19, 2013

    This is a fantastic all-around projector. Both 2D and 3D movies look great with good contrast, brightness, and motion handling. Very low lag times in gaming mode. Color reproduction was spot on right out of the box. Placement was very flexible and easy to setup with the projector's lens shift and zoom capabilities. The only thing that could be improved is the lens, I wish it was slightly sharper (only noticeable with a computer hooked up, it looks perfectly sharp in movies and video games).

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    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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