Sony VPL-HW30ES 3D SXRD Projector Specs

Type: Three-chip SXRD
Native Resolution: 1080p
3D: Yes
Rated Lamp Life: Not specified
Dynamic Iris: Yes
Lens Shift: Horizontal/Vertical
Dimensions (W x H x D, inches): 16.1 x 7.1 x 18.3
Weight (pounds): 22.1
Price: $3,700
Replacement Lamp: $290
3D Glasses: $130 each
3D Transmitter: $80

Inputs: Video: HDMI 1.4 (2), component video (1), HD D-sub RGB (computer, 1)
Additional: RJ45 for wired 3D Sync Transmitter, IR IN (1, control), RS-232 (1)

Company Info
(877) 865-SONY

(877) 865-SONY

jnemesh's picture

This looks like a very nice projector, but I think Sony will have their hands full competing with others in the same price range. JVC has their new RS45 DLA projector coming out at $3499 MSRP, and it should compete VERY favorably to this model. Optoma also is offering stiff competition with their new HD8300 model at $4499, which has the best active shutter 3D I have ever seen! It would be VERY interesting having all three of these projectors in a shootout. Overall, I am simply AMAZED at the quality of projector you can buy today under $5000! No matter what you get, you are going to have an incredible home theater!

tgn9y's picture

Fantastic projector. Does using the Iris at a fixed level vary lamp life at all?

Scott Wilkinson's picture
The iris settings have no effect on lamp life. The only setting that does is lamp power or mode. Most projectors offer two lamp modes, which go by different names, but they are basically "high" and "low," which means the lamp is supplied with more or less power and shines more or less brightly as a result. Setting the lamp mode to "high" will certainly shorten the lamp life, but it may be required to fill a large screen, and it is almost certainly required for 3D, which needs all the light it can get, since the glasses filter so much light from reaching your eyes.
sarangiman's picture

Thanks for the great review!

Did you perchance measure the contrast ratio without the Dynamic Iris engaged? I'd love to see quantitatively how the contrast/black levels compare to the JVC projectors, which can do ~40,000:1 contrast even without a dynamic iris!

I think a lot of us would be interested in contrast ratios with they dynamic iris turned off, as this is an indicator of intra-scene contrast where one may have both highlights & black in the same scene.


palmharbor's picture

the quality of Sony products have tanken a nose dive in the last 3 years, their Blu-Ray players are horrible in their design and execution. I would not invest any big money on a sony product...its not the same sony anymore