Sony VPL-HW45ES Full HD 3D Home Cinema Projector

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Sony VPL-HW45ES Full HD 3D Home Cinema Projector

The VPL-HW45ES Full HD 3D Home Cinema projector is packed with Sony’s latest technology and delivers an incredibly sharp, crystal clear cinematic experience. All you need to add is the popcorn.

High Brightness and Contrast Ratio

With 1,800 ANSI lumens colour brightness and an excellent contrast ratio the VPL-HW45ES offers an advanced Home Cinema experience that has to be seen to be believed. Advanced SXRD panels along with features like Reality Creation and Motionflow mean you’ll see your favourite films at their very best, in 2D and 3D where needed.

Contrast Enhancer and Advanced Iris 3

Automatically adjusts contrast for optimum viewing by analysing dark and light areas in every scene, without diminishing colour.


See every detail, even in fast-moving action scenes or sports. 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.

SXRD Panel Technology

Sony’s SXRD panels reduce pixel gaps for super-sharp images. Because our 3D glasses have a synchronised shutter speed, you’ll enjoy incredible high-definition 3D with minimal crosstalk.

Low Latency Mode

This is a new feature for gamers. Experience Sony’s fastest ever response time between your controller and the screen for the most realistic gaming action.

Extremely Low Fan Noise

Sony’s advanced cooling system means fan noise is reduced to a whisper-quiet 22db to avoid any intrusion during quieter scenes.

Wide Lens Shift Range

A wide vertical range allows more options for placement and installation, without reducing image quality.

Perfect Panel Alignment

Electronic panel alignment ensures precise colour and clarity. Any colour gaps are corrected by shifting the blue and red areas of each pixel into perfect alignment with green.

Industry Standard RF 3D Compatible

A built-in RF transmitter synchronises with any RF 3D glasses for wider coverage, greater stability, and there’s no need for an external transmitter.

Display system

SXRD panel, projection system

Light Output

1800 lm

Contrast ratio


Effective display size

0.61” x 3

Display elements

Effective pixels

Full HD (1920x1080) x3

6,220,800 pixels

Zoom / Focus

Manual (Approx. 1.6 x) / Manual

Lens shift

Manual, V:+/-71% / H:+/-25%

Light source

High-pressure lamp 215W type

Screen size

40” to 300'‘

Reality Creation

YES ( Full HD Reality Creation )

3D capability


3D emitter

Built-in RF emitter

3D glasses

TDG-BT500A (RF type : Optional)

Colour correction


Wireless HDMI compatibility

IFU-WH1 ( Optional )

Advanced Iris


Picture modes

9 modes

Gamma modes

10 modes

Panel Alignment

Yes (Shift / Zone)

HDMI Inputs





Yes (firmware update)


RS-232C, D-sub 9-pin (female)


Mini Jack



Acoustic noise*


Power requirement

AC 100 V to 240 V, 3.1 A to 1.3 A,50/60 Hz

Power consumption

Max. 310 W

Body Color

Black / White

Standard outside dimensions

W 407 x H 179 x D 464 mm


Approx. 9 kg

Supplied Accessories

Remote control (RM-PJ28

Size AA (R6) manganese batteries (2)

AC Power Cord for projector (1)

Operating Instructions (1)


At this price we could certainly recommend this Sony whether you’re upgrading your home cinema setup or willing to invest an extra chunk into kicking off with a projector that’ll stand you in good stead for years to come
Judged solely on picture quality, the Sony VPL-HW45ES 1080p SXRD projector didn’t offer any significant improvement over the preceding VPL-HW40ES, but that’s no criticism since the latter was already so good anyway. Helped by impressive blacks, accurate colours and fluid motion handling, the HW45 therefore replaces the HW40 as our number one choice among projectors priced under £2,000.
The best way to conclude this review is by stating the obvious. If you want accurate cinematic images with decent blacks, good shadow detail and stunningly accurate colours for under £2,000 there is no other choice to be made.
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