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Sony VPL-HW30AES 1080p 3D Projector Review

After TVs, it’s the turn of projectors to offer a 3D compatibility. Sony leads all other manufacturers by introducing the VPL-HW30. With an introductory price of $4000, this new kid is positioned between the VPL-HW20 and VPL-HW90.

The VPL-HW30AES is Sony’s addition to an ever-growing and competitive field of sub-$5,000 3D projectors. With an MSRP of $3,999, the VPL-HW30AES falls in the middle of this genre – a step up from the Epson Home Cinema 3010 and Optoma HD33 and a step down from the JVC DLA-X3 and Optoma HD8300. This 1080p projector uses SXRD technology, which is Sony’s version of LCoS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon). In the specs department, it claims a 70,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and a brightness of 1,300 lumens, and it has a 240Hz refresh rate with 2D content to reduce motion blur and film judder. The VPL-HW30AES has a 200-watt UHP lamp and supports an image size of 40 to 300 inches.

Sony VPL-HW30AES Main Features

  • 1300 Lumens
  • Includes 2 Pair of 3D Glasses
  • Includes 3D Transmitter
  • Dynamic Lamp Control Technology
  • Separate 2D and 3D Modes
  • Advanced Iris3 Control
  • Extremely Low Fan Noise (22dB)
  • Adjustable Lens Shift
  • BRAVIA Sync
  • HDMI x 2


The Sony VPL-HW30AES is quite an impressive performer, and this $3,999 package includes a nice assortment of features (some of which you won’t find in the budget 3D models), including lens shifting, 240Hz technology, the 3D transmitter, and two pairs of glasses. 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. If you’re trying to assemble a modestly-priced but high-performing theater system, the VPL-HW30AES belongs on the short list of must-see demos.

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