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VPL-HW30ES

Make your living room come alive

The versatile Sony® VPL-HW30ES delivers stunning 2D and 3D performance12 with bright, vibrant picture, plus a 70,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, SXRD™ panel technology, 2D to 3D up-scaling,13 and control system compatibility with a whisper-quiet fan.

$2,999

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Immersive, vibrant picture

Enjoy an immersive picture with deep black levels through the VPL-HW30ES’s 70,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and 1,300 ANSI lumen brightness.

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.

240Hz for a better 3D picture

The 240Hz panel drive, along with dynamic lamp control technology, minimizes 3D crosstalk. This greatly diminishes the possibility of ghosting when watching 3D.

Watch standard HD content in 3D

Add a new dimension to your favorite movies, shows or videos with Sony’s unique 2D to 3D up-conversion algorithm, allowing any high definition 2D content connected via HDMI® to be viewed in immersive Sony 3D.12, 13

Whisper-quiet fan

Forget that the projector is even in the room. Due to the VPL-HW30ES’s advanced air discharge system, Sony’s whisper-quiet fan emits only 22db during show time in low lamp mode.

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 standard pre-sets.

Integrates into challenging rooms

The VPL-HW30ES can be adjusted to fit complex rooms with its 1.6x manual zoom, and horizontal and vertical shift, and 1/10th pixel step panel alignment.

Three-year Limited Warranty

Rest assured that Sony has you covered. All Sony Elevated Standard (ES) projectors enjoy three-year limited warranties.

Controllable over RS232

Seamlessly integrate the VPL-HW30ES into virtually any major automation system via the bi-directional, industry-standard RS232 connection.

3D Capability
  • 2D to 3D Conversion: Yes13
  • Dynamic Lamp Control: Yes
  • 3D Glasses Brightness Adjustment: Yes
  • Effect Adjustment(s): Yes
  • Format(s): Frame Packing/ Side by Side/ Over-Under/Simulated 3D/ESPN 3D format/ 720p / 60 SBS
  • Simulated 3D: Yes
  • Transmitter: Optional external transmitter (TMR-PJ2)
  • Glasses: Optional rechargeable glasses (TDG-PJ1)
Display
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Display Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
  • Screen Size: 40" to 300" measured diagonally (projected)
  • Display Technology: SXRD™ Technology
General
  • Integration Partner: Yes (Control4® Certified, AMX Device Discovery, Crestron Integrated Partner, Savant Partner in Excellence, RTI & URC)
  • Acceptable Computer Signals: fH: 19 to 72 kHz, fV: 48 to 92 Hz, fV: 60 Hz
  • Information Menu: Horizontal and Vertical frequency display
  • Input A: D-sub 15 Pin, Analog RGB/Component
  • Lens Control: Manual focus, shift and zoom
  • Vertical Keystone: Yes
Inputs and Outputs
  • 3D Sync: 1 (RJ45)
  • Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Input(s): 1 In
  • HDMI® Connection(s): 2 In
  • IR Input(s): 1
  • PC Video Input(s): Yes
  • RS-232C Control: Yes
Convenience
  • Auto Input Search: Yes
  • BRAVIA® Sync: Yes
  • IR Receiver: Front & Rear, Front, Rear
  • Image Flip: HV, H, V, Off
  • Multiple Language Display: 15 languages (including English, French, Spanish, German, and Chinese)
  • Power Save Mode: Yes
  • Remote Control: Yes (RMPJ20)
  • Test Pattern: Yes
Installation Features
  • Focus: Yes- Manual
  • Shift: Yes- Manual
  • Shift Range: V: +/- 0.65V; H: +/- 0.25H
  • Ultra Low Fan Noise: 22dB
  • Zoom: Yes- Manual 1.6X
Operating Conditions
  • Operating Humidity: 35 to 85% (no condensation)
  • Operating Temperature: 41°F to 95°F
Video
  • Brightness: 1,300 Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 70,000:1 Dynamic Contrast
  • Picture Modes: 9 Modes for 2D and 3D (Dynamic, Standard, Cinema 1-3, Game, Photo, and User 1-2)
  • Picture Settings: Independent 2D and 3D Picture Settings
  • Video Calibration Settings: 9 gamma adjustments, Black and White Level Adjustments, Real Color Processing v2 including Luminance Adjustment
  • Acceptable Video Signals: Composite video, Y/C video, 15 kHz (RGB/Component) 50/60Hz; Progressive component 50/60 Hz; DTV (480/60i, 480/60p, 575/50i, 575/50p, 720/50p, 720/60p, 1080P24sF(48i),1080/50i, 1080/50p, 1080/60i), HDMI inputs only: 1080/60p, 1080/24p
  • Iris: Yes, Advanced Auto Iris 3
  • Deep Color: Yes
  • Film Mode: Yes
  • Lens Shift Function: Yes (Manual)
  • Motionflow™ Technology: Yes with Dark Frame Insertion
  • Panel Driver: 240Hz
  • Video Processing: Yes with Block and Mosquito Noise Reduction
  • x.v.Color™ Technology: Yes
Approximate Dimensions
  • Width: 16"
  • Height: 7 - 1/8"
  • Depth: 18 - 1/4"
Approximate Weight
  • Shipping: 28 lbs
Warranty
  • Three Year Limited Parts and Labor

One terrific projector

(Chris Eberle, Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity)

“HW30 is one terrific projector. And don’t forget the three-year warranty and ES-level service. You won’t find this in any other projector at this price point.” Read More

It’s fantastic

(Geoffrey Morrison, Sound and Vision Magazine, November 2011)

“Even without taking price into consideration, it’s a great projector. And when you do take price into consideration, it’s fantastic.” Read More

No ghosts

(Thomas J. Norton, Home Theater Review, November 2011)

“Most important, I saw no ghosts on the 3D discs I watched—including discs that have ghosted consistently on many displays.” Read More

It excels with both 2D and 3D

(Adrienne Maxwell, HomeTheaterReview.com)

“The VPL-30HWAES's greatest asset may be its flexibility - it can be a great companion to screens of many sizes and types, it's well suited to both film and HDTV content, and it excels with both 2D and 3D.”