By John Archer
Reviewed: 19 May 2014
Sony VPL-HW40ES Full HD 3D home cinema projector
SONY VPL-HW40ES 3D 1080P HD Home Theater Projector with 3 YR WARRANTY included
Sony SXRD VPL-HW40es 1080p Home Theater Projector USA Bundle (24HR FLASH SALE)
Sony VPL-HW40ES Projector - Full HD 1080P, 3D, VPLHW40ES Brand New
Sony VPL-HW40ES Full HD Gaming 3D Video Projector 1080p Up to 300in Screen HDMI
I took the plunge an upgraded my 7 yr old SIM2 Domino35 DLP projector combined with a Darblett unit for this Sony projector. I agree with the review points above and the quietness of this projector even at full power should not be ignored easily. The backlit control unit is a dream to use with all the important choices easily available. Believe it or not adding the Darblet unit between the blu-ray player and the Sony does add a subtle improvement to the already excellent images - especially if the Darblet is set lowish at 20%. This improvement is better than simply increasing the reality creation setting which is best keep low. My screen is 176" and the image remains bright and vibrant.
I just got the VPL-HW40ES. I use a playstation 4 to play blu-rays. Can I use the PS4 to watch 3D movies? do I need to buy glasses? which ones? any other equipment? Sorry or all the questions but this seems like a page for people who know their 3d on the 40ES and i'd love to get advice. thanks!
Sorry for the delay gar. The glasses you need are the Sony TDG-PJ1. However if you wear ordinary glasses you might find the overall combination weight a bit heavy. However the 3D is excellent and when this is the case there is no denying that it is impressive. The glasses are expensive £90 - £100 each. Its possible you could go down the external transmitter route and get cheaper glasses but I don't know how good they would be.
The other piece of equipment worth thinking about is the Etekcity® 4 Port HDMI Intelligent Switch Switcher Selector with Audio, IR wireless remote, AC power Adapter, Supports 3D 1080P, Toslink, Coaxial, 3.5mm AUX Stereohave.
I have a Blu ray player, XBOX360 and Humax Digital tv HD sat box. I output these to the projector and the audio via toslink(optical) to a yamaha soundbar. Before I purchased this unit I had to keep changing over the HDMI and audio out toslink cablse. This unit takes all the HDMI cables and sends just one video output to the projector. It cleverly takes the audio from the individual HDMI cables and outputs it separately in my case throught a toslink (optical) cable to my soundbar. This saves constantly changing cables which damages the ports and leads to loose connections over time. Now depending which source I want to watch I just use the Etekcity remote to chose from one of the 4 HDMI inputs. Happy days.
check posts gar
The review is mistaken when it mentions the Sony using an iris, the HW40 has no iris, it achieves everything natively with no help whatsoever from an iris.
Swap your TV for one of these top-notch projectors
The best home cinema of 2011: a round-up of 2011's best home cinema products from blu-ray systems to home cinema projectors.
We reveal the winner of Home Cinema Product Of The Year 2011.
More Projector Round-ups
Sign up for the
TrustedReviews email newsletter
Get TrustedReviews' award-winning reviews, opinions and advice delivered to your inbox for free!
Plus get great deals and exclusive offers from Time Inc. (UK) Ltd and its partners.
Trusted Reviews is part of the Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Technology Network