Sony VPL-HW30ES Home Theatre Projector

The Good Good overall performance. Good 3D effect. Reasonable value for money. Reasonably low power consumption.

The Bad Inconsistent 3D crosstalk. 3D glasses have to be recharged from time to time. No cable included for 3D sync transmitter.

The Bottom Line The Sony VPL-HW30ES is a fine all round home theatre projector, with good quality 3D, but you'll need to do a bit more wiring than normal.

Editors' Rating
7.8 Overall

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Sony VPL-HW30ES Home Cinema Projector

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Sony uses its SXRD panels in the VPL-HW30ES. These used to be confined to its higher-cost projectors, with the lower-cost ones scoring LCD. SXRD stands for Silicon X-tal Reflective Display, which is to say that it is Sony's version of LCoS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon), a solid-state reflective technology.

There are three full HD panels used, one for each primary colour. Combined with the projector's dynamic processing, they offer a claimed 70,000:1 contrast ratio.

The input selection is cut down to two HDMI, component and VGA. The other old analog standards have been shed. There is also an RS-232C socket for system integration, and a socket for an external IR receiver, but no trigger to control other gear.

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