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There is no rating for these lamps however I thought they lasted @3K +?

They last until they are too dim for your tastes ( or your projector tells you to change the lamp, or they explode ). For my tastes, I've never gotten over 1000 hours out of a lamp.

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Mine started flickering like you describe. Most only visible with bright white scenes. Switching brightness level solved it for a bit. But it ultimately, after two months or so, flickered all the time under all content.

This was with 1400 hours frown.gif
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Mine started flickering like you describe. Most only visible with bright white scenes. Switching brightness level solved it for a bit. But it ultimately, after two months or so, flickered all the time under all content.

This was with 1400 hours frown.gif


YIKES! I 'swore' I got like 3-4K hours on my original lamp w/this pj. So maybe mine IS starting to go...that stinks since it's not even a year old!

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YIKES! I 'swore' I got like 3-4K hours on my original lamp w/this pj. So maybe mine IS starting to go...that stinks since it's not even a year old!

How long a lamp lasts depends on many factors including how often you turn it on and off. If I always watched 6 hours of movies at a sitting, my lamps would probably get 3 times as many hours. I'd also be 3 times as out of shape and fat most likely. I usually watch one movie or 2 DVR'd HDTV shows, and that's it. So my lamps get cycled on and off every 90 minutes - 2 1/2 hours.

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Mine started flickering like you describe. Most only visible with bright white scenes. Switching brightness level solved it for a bit. But it ultimately, after two months or so, flickered all the time under all content.

This was with 1400 hours frown.gif


YIKES! I 'swore' I got like 3-4K hours on my original lamp w/this pj. So maybe mine IS starting to go...that stinks since it's not even a year old!

I should add, however, that Sony ultimately made good on this situation...
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In the case of lamp changes. What are people replacing the lamps with. Is it worth buying the original sony product or are there good quality third party lamps that are just as good?

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I change the lamp every year which ends up being 800-1100 hours.
(Edit-speaking of my previous pj which was sony vw60.,, I only just got the hw30)
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In the case of lamp changes. What are people replacing the lamps with. Is it worth buying the original sony product or are there good quality third party lamps that are just as good?

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I think that'd be a GREAT poll to put-up: Avg lamp life for you HW30 lamp. Perhaps with settings like (all low-mode, 80% low/20% high [for the 3D people like me)], 50% low/50% high, etc)?

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I am at 1152hrs on the original bulb and the picture still looks great!

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Hello Folks,

I just ordered bought a VPL-HW30ES b stock to replace my aging panny ae700. I'm looking to rear shelf mount the projector. Does this unit vent out the rear? Any issues placing it right up against the back wall?

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I just ordered bought a VPL-HW30ES b stock to replace my aging panny ae700. I'm looking to rear shelf mount the projector. Does this unit vent out the rear? Any issues placing it right up against the back wall?

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It vents out the back and the installation instructions are specific about how close you can place the rear of it to a wall. I measured mine to have it as close as possible but maintaining the minimum distance. It's important to leave that space for venting.
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It vents out the back and the installation instructions are specific about how close you can place the rear of it to a wall. I measured mine to have it as close as possible but maintaining the minimum distance. It's important to leave that space for venting.
Agree about looking in the manual.

However, doesn't it vent (push air out) in the front?
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I'm finding this projector much too amazing.

My last projector (Sony VW60) was plenty nice but if I listed everything I didn't like about it, the HW30 addressed all of those.

I'm so happy with it, even more happy because I bought it from AVS because I always wanted to support AVS.

I'm sure,.. there's something out there that's even better and that's a nice thought too but this one is heavenly and my HT is such a great place to be.

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I'm finding this projector much too amazing.

My last projector (Sony VW60) was plenty nice but if I listed everything I didn't like about it, the HW30 addressed all of those.

I'm so happy with it, even more happy because I bought it from AVS because I always wanted to support AVS.

I'm sure,.. there's something out there that's even better and that's a nice thought too but this one is heavenly and my HT is such a great place to be.

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I just ordered an HW30ES to replace my failing VPL-HW10. I also feel good about support AVS after learning so much on these forums. I'm hoping the HW30ES is a big improvement over the HW10.
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I'm finding this projector much too amazing.

My last projector (Sony VW60) was plenty nice but if I listed everything I didn't like about it, the HW30 addressed all of those.

I'm so happy with it, even more happy because I bought it from AVS because I always wanted to support AVS.

I'm sure,.. there's something out there that's even better and that's a nice thought too but this one is heavenly and my HT is such a great place to be.

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I knew I had read it somewhere and here it is for this projector's lamp: Lamp Life, 2000-3000 hours per Sony. So I'm in the middle of the upper range if I'm around 2200-2400 hours (I forget what number I'm at) but I just bought a new OEM lamp from AVS (where I bought my prior one) so it's great to see it getting the projected life/hours. I bought my current one late July 2013 so I'll probably keep going with it until mid-July 2014 or it gives out before I put the latest one in.
Also came across this: You can choose between Low and High lamp modes (lamp life is listed at 3,000 hours in the Low mode and 2,000 hours in the High mode) since I'm 95% of the time in low mode I expect to be closer to 3000 before changing it out. I'm only in High mode when watching 3D BD.

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Bulb life

People keep on saying thinfpgs like "my bulb is at 1500 hours and still looks great!" While this is true, subjectively, for those people, it is not very useful information. As the lamp ages, it lose brightness very slowly, so you don't notice it. It's like it is with kids. If a friend or relative doesn't see your kid for a few months, they say "wow, you've grown so much!" But the parents haven't noticed because they've seen the kid every day. The same thing happens with projector brightness.
The lesson here is probably, don't buy a new bulb until you notice that it's dim. But please stop responding "my bulb is at 2000 hours and still looks great!" If you measured, you'd find it's about 35% of the original brightness.
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People keep on saying thinfpgs like "my bulb is at 1500 hours and still looks great!" While this is true, subjectively, for those people, it is not very useful information. As the lamp ages, it lose brightness very slowly, so you don't notice it. It's like it is with kids. If a friend or relative doesn't see your kid for a few months, they say "wow, you've grown so much!" But the parents haven't noticed because they've seen the kid every day. The same thing happens with projector brightness.
The lesson here is probably, don't buy a new bulb until you notice that it's dim. But please stop responding "my bulb is at 2000 hours and still looks great!" If you measured, you'd find it's about 35% of the original brightness.
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Very true ! I tend to measure my projector output with a light meter every couple of hundred hours. And after 12 years of projector watching, I can also tell when it seems too dim for my tastes ( which is usually verified by the light meter ).

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My local Best Buy has a Sony HW30 demo unit for sale, there is no box, cables or remote but includes the full warranty and return policy of any new item. I asked about hrs and they said they were not sure but thinks its low because they only turned on the projector if someone asked to see it which I tend to believe since every time I'm in there the projectors are off.

It's been sitting on a table marked at $1313 for 2 weeks now. I was thinking about offering $1000 for it, my question is do you guys think its worth around $1000?

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Very true ! I tend to measure my projector output with a light meter every couple of hundred hours. And after 12 years of projector watching, I can also tell when it seems too dim for my tastes ( which is usually verified by the light meter ).

My comments were to find out how many hours people are getting with their lamps. Without using a light meter I can tell that it's gotten dimmer at the 2400+ hour mark. This weekend I'll be putting the new lamp in (I'm on vacation next week so I'll be doing some 3D and other BD movie viewing!)

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My comments were to find out how many hours people are getting with their lamps. Without using a light meter I can tell that it's gotten dimmer at the 2400+ hour mark. This weekend I'll be putting the new lamp in (I'm on vacation next week so I'll be doing some 3D and other BD movie viewing!)

At the current cost of the lamp, you have been able to watch your HW30 for about 11 cents / hour. That's pretty darn good in my book !

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I'm not a fan of spending @$300 per year JUST for the luxury of watching the big screen......but I have no choice if I want the 120" of HD goodness for all of my viewing!!!!

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I'm not a fan of spending @$300 per year JUST for the luxury of watching the big screen......but I have no choice if I want the 120" of HD goodness for all of my viewing!!!!
Pureland suppy really sells the real original bulb... bet it's way less than $300.

http://www.purelandsupply.com/vpl-hw...ctor-lamp.html

Matter of fact it's $219 with free shipping.
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I'm not a fan of spending @$300 per year JUST for the luxury of watching the big screen......but I have no choice if I want the 120" of HD goodness for all of my viewing!!!!

11 cents an hour for movie watching is cheap in my book. I spend $ 20.00 / hour on wine for my guests during a movie ( I have thirsty guests ). Call as at AV Science for a new Sony lamp in a genuine new Sony housing. I'm not sure that Pureland Supply lamp is genuine OEM.

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My local Best Buy has a Sony HW30 demo unit for sale, there is no box, cables or remote but includes the full warranty and return policy of any new item. I asked about hrs and they said they were not sure but thinks its low because they only turned on the projector if someone asked to see it which I tend to believe since every time I'm in there the projectors are off.

It's been sitting on a table marked at $1313 for 2 weeks now. I was thinking about offering $1000 for it, my question is do you guys think its worth around $1000?

Thanks,
I just a demo one from best buy for $1100 plus the 2 year warrenty for $150. Mine had 700 hours on it.
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This post (#2656) saved my day...year after realizing that I had the same issue with my new Stewart Firehawk G4 screen.<br><br>
I can add that the lens filter from Sony has part number 442006701 (also written as 4-420-067-01 on the box)<br><br>
The filter was provided to me by Sony PrimeSupport helpdesk in Europe and shipped from Sony in Belgium.<br><br><br><div class="quote-container" data-huddler-embed="/t/1353988/official-sony-vpl-hw30-a-es-owners-thread/2640#post_22231812" data-huddler-embed-placeholder="false"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>blinco_wa</strong> <a href="/t/1353988/official-sony-vpl-hw30-a-es-owners-thread/2640#post_22231812"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif"></a><br><br>
Don't know if this is the right place for this but I have been scouring the forums for reported areas of the screen that have green / magenta hues only when viewing through the 3D glasses (glasses don't even have to be powered up).<br><br>
On the thread by Ron Jones, he talked about polarization retention by the screen material and I saw some images from owners there that had a screen that looked just like mine.<br><br>
This isn't my projector but mine looked just like this.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.avsforum.com/content/type/61/id/43893/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="43893" data-type="61" src="http://www.avsforum.com/content/type/61/id/43893/width/350/height/700/flags/LL" style="; width: 350px; height: 197px"></a><br><br>
After many hours trying to get information from Stewart Filmscreen (I have an old microperf Ultramatte 150 - circa 1997) I finally got a local dealer to bring our several screen samples (including the Studiotek 130 G3 - which has been reported to eliminate most of the color hue issues).<br><br>
After all that, none of the materials eliminated the problem. It was there with the 3D glasses that came with the projector, a pair of glasses that came with a play station 3D monitor and a pair of glasses from Monster.<br><br>
I was about to plunk down almost 5K for a new screen when, out of frustration, I call esupport at Sony and the support person sent me a 'lens cap' with a rectangular window in it and some material that looked like it had a coating on it.<br><br>
IT WORKED. The 3D images are free of 99.99% of any color hue shifting and I saved $5K. The lens cap was free (though I shouldn't call it a lens cap). Sony didn't say what they called it and it came in a small mailer wrapped in bubble wrap with multilingual instructions for 'Mounting the Lens Filter". It is clear and does not alter the light output not does it affect 2D images.<br><br>
Just thought I would pass this along in case someone was about to spend mega bucks on a new screen.</div>
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Yes! I have the same issue but I just bought another screen. I still really would like to use my stewart firehawk again. What is the website or number to call to get that lens filter?
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Hello synthetik7,

I contacted Sony Primesupport using this email address: primesupport@eu.sony.com, you can find all contact details in the PrimeSupport Helpdesk section of the web page: http://www.sony.co.uk/pro/article/su...us-for-support. I recommend you to start with activating your PrimeSupport agreement that came as the projector warranty. You find the activation in the bottom of the web page. They will ask you to provide them with a copy of the reciept for the projector.

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Hello synthetik7,

I contacted Sony Primesupport using this email address: primesupport@eu.sony.com, you can find all contact details in the PrimeSupport Helpdesk section of the web page: http://www.sony.co.uk/pro/article/su...us-for-support. I recommend you to start with activating your PrimeSupport agreement that came as the projector warranty. You find the activation in the bottom of the web page. They will ask you to provide them with a copy of the reciept for the projector.

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If anyone in the US needs this filter you should make a call to Sony ES Support at 1-877-865-7669. I called on a Friday and the person knew exactly what I need and sent one out no charge. I received it on Monday and it works perfectly. All they wanted was the serial number of the projector but have the part number of the filter just in case. This is great support from Sony!


Thanks to all who learned about this fix and posted it. I recently picked up the demo HW30ES from my local Best Buy and using it with and older Stewart 1.3 Ultramatte screen and an Xpand RF kit and glasses with an adapter described in this forum. Everything works well now.
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I am seeing this same problem, also only in 3D mode, with my Da-Lite Cinema Vision screen. The Cinema Vision (mine is from 2005) is grainy and I hate it, so I will be changing the Da-Lite HD Progressive 1.1 or 1.3 (reusing my old Cinema Contour frame). Hopefully the HD Progressive screen will eliminate the issue. If not I will be checking into this lens filter also.
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