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Sony VPL-HW40ES (Black)

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    • 1700 lumens brightness
    • Lamp light source
    • 1080p resolution
    • 3 years collect, repair and return warranty


HD (1920 x 1080, 16:9)
1700 lumens
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  • Image Quality
  • Features
  • Connectivity
Like its bigger brother (VPL-HW55ES) the Sony VPL-HW40ES features a 25% Horizontal/ 71% Vertical lens shift couple with a large 1.6X optical zoom for immense flexibility in where the projector can be positioned in relation to your projection screen.

Image clarity and detail is immense and the best we have seen at this price point. We put this down to the SXRD display technology the VW40ES uses.

Black levels are superb whilst greyscale from white to black is very good which results in detailed images in darker scenes rather than blocks of black as can be the case on competitor models. Using the Dark Knight as reference material for black levels and dark scenes, the detail in the tumbler and the bat suit is finite with all areas of it being visible.

Out of the box presets are above average and as ever these presets are the Manufacturers best guess at the environment it will be used in. Its well worth spending a little time to tweak the VW40ES to suit your own environment. Investing in a basic calibration disc such as Spears and Munsil is a wise investment or if you have an Apple TV and an iPhone/iPad then THX do a brilliant app for basic calibration.

At this pricepoint there really is only 2 contenders, one is the Sony VPL HW40ES and the other is the Epson EH-TW7200. Both are superb units with little to choose between them and really comes down to personal preference.

This model also comes in a white finish.. Sony VPL-HW40ES(White)
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For recommendations for choosing your screen size please see our Screen size advice page.

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Sony VPL-HW40ES (Black) throw distance range: 180-1030cm
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Please note - projector does not ship with any 3D glasses in the box - optional iR or RF glasses are available for purchase

The VPL-HW40ES Full HD 3D home cinema projector is a fantastic choice for movie-lovers who want an incredible cinematic experience at home, far beyond the reach of TV. It’s packed with professional technology, including our advanced SXRD panels and unique Reality Creation feature for an astonishingly sharp, crystal clear picture. With 1,700 lumens colour brightness you can enjoy your favourite films at their best, in 3D or 2D. Bright Cinema and Bright TV Modes also ensure optimum brightness and superb, rich colour quality.

Advanced SXRD panels : Cinema-quality SXRD panels minimise the space between pixels at high speed to produce super-sharp, high definition images at home.

1700 lumens brightness and faithful colour :With an improved optical engine, the VPL-HW40ES offers high brightness of 1,700 lumens, producing clearer images and faithful colours, even in well-lit rooms.

Reality Creation :Developed for our 4K home cinema projector (VPL-VW1100ES), Reality Creation reproduces textures and colours that are lost when movies are packaged to disc. It gives you crisper, sharper Full HD pictures, much closer to the 1080p original.

Bright Cinema and Bright TV modes :Conventional home cinema projectors sacrifice some colour accuracy by increasing greens to improve brightness. With Bright Cinema and Bright TV modes, the VPL-HW40ES retains true colour and contrast, even in a bright environment.

Powerful Calibration Features There are eight pre-set modes to optimise various types of content. Choose from:
  • Cinema Film1 :Highly dynamic and clear images, taking you close to the original master
  • Cinema Film2 :Rich tone and colour, typical of a movie theatre
  • Reference :Original image without any adjustment
  • TV :For watching TV programmes, sports, concerts, etc.
  • Photo :For still images taken with a digital camera
  • Game :Well-modulated colours and fast response
  • Bright Cinema :For movies in a bright environment, such as a living room
  • Bright TV :For TV programmes in a bright environment

    Motionflow :See every detail, even in fast-moving scenes and sports. Our unique Motionflow technology shows twice as many pictures per second by creating extra images between the original frames. The result is smoother, sharper motion with less blur.

    Wide lens shift range for greater flexibility : With a lens shift range of +/-71% – a wider vertical range than our standard home cinema projectors – there are more installation options so it’s easy to find a suitable position for the VPL-HW40ES, without reducing image quality.

    Built-in IR 3D transmitter :No set-up time or cables, just synchronise the VPL-HW40ES with your Optional Sony IR 3D glasses via the built-in transmitter.

  • Image

    Light Source
    Display Type
    Brightness (Lumens )
    Contrast Ratio
    Lens Type
    Lens Ratio
    1.33 to 2.12
    Optical Zoom
    Lens Shift Vertical Positive (%)
    Lens Shift Vertical Negative (%)
    Lens Shift Horizontal Positive (%)
    Lens Shift Horizontal Negative (%)
    Keystone Horizontal Negative (degrees)
    Keystone Horizontal Positive (degrees)
    Keystone Vertical Negative (degrees)
    Keystone Vertical Positive (degrees)









    VGA in


    VGA out


    BNC Video


    Composite Video


    Component Video


    USB for display and control


    USB Type A for power


    USB for PC Less Presentation

    RJ45 For Control/Monitoring


    RS232 For Control


    Screen Trigger



    Dimensions (W x H x D) in cm

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    Weight (Kg)

    Fan Noise (db)

    Fan Noise in Eco Mode (db)

    Audio Output (Watts)

    Chassis Colour

    Lamp Life (Hours)

    Lamp Life Eco Mode (Hours)


    Projector Warranty
    3 years collect, repair and return
    Lamp Warranty

    Product References

    P3717 / 798

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