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Hello,

I can't seem to find any reviews of the Sonly VPL-HW65ES except for a single French site which basically said it was inferior to the previous model, VPL-HW55ES.

Has anyone found any other reviews? If so, can you please point me in their direction?

Are the only enhancements over the 55 100 more lumens (which I've heard is imperceptible) and RF 3D instead of IR 3D? Anything else?

Has anyone seen this projector for themselves and know how it compares to its predecessor and the VPL-HW40ES while we're at it?

I'm debating whether the iris of the 55 makes the 55 well worth it over the 40, and whether the RF 3D/100 more lumens of the 65 makes it well worth it over the 55.

Any thoughts you can share on the matter will be much appreciated.
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Cine4home's review has been out for almost a month now:

http://cine4home.de/knowhow/cine4hom...hw65_c4hed.htm

They say the performance is basically identical with very minor changes in lumen output and contrast. It does seem, however, Reality Creation has been improved by making it less aggressive.
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Here's an existing owner's thread

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Those are two different Sony Projectors. The HW 65 is a 1080P panel that replaces the HW 55. The VW665 link you posted is a 4K projector...at a much higher price point
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That's not the right thread, that is for the 4k 665, he's looking for the 65.
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Hello,

I can't seem to find any reviews of the Sonly VPL-HW65ES except for a single French site which basically said it was inferior to the previous model, VPL-HW55ES.

Has anyone found any other reviews? If so, can you please point me in their direction?

Are the only enhancements over the 55 100 more lumens (which I've heard is imperceptible) and RF 3D instead of IR 3D? Anything else?

Has anyone seen this projector for themselves and know how it compares to its predecessor and the VPL-HW40ES while we're at it?

I'm debating whether the iris of the 55 makes the 55 well worth it over the 40, and whether the RF 3D/100 more lumens of the 65 makes it well worth it over the 55.

Any thoughts you can share on the matter will be much appreciated.


Hi, I just had one here for a few days. It is a bit brighter than the HW55 and the main difference I saw between the HW40/55 vs. the HW65 is that the new model has a better version of reality creation. Prior versions were a little too aggressive, especially with movies with grain or background noise. The new version is milder yet still effective so they did a good job here.

You are correct as well on the RF on the new version, it works well with a number of RF glasses I have here, including the Sony RF glasses.

Picking between the HW40 and HW55 would depend on the price difference.




Are you considering any other models or going for the Sony because of low lag time for gaming?

let me know if you have any other specific questions.
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Those are two different Sony Projectors. The HW 65 is a 1080P panel that replaces the HW 55. The VW665 link you posted is a 4K projector...at a much higher price point
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Hi, I just had one here for a few days. It is a bit brighter than the HW55 and the main difference I saw between the HW40/55 vs. the HW65 is that the new model has a better version of reality creation. Prior versions were a little too aggressive, especially with movies with grain or background noise. The new version is milder yet still effective so they did a good job here.

You are correct as well on the RF on the new version, it works well with a number of RF glasses I have here, including the Sony RF glasses.

Picking between the HW40 and HW55 would depend on the price difference.




Are you considering any other models or going for the Sony because of low lag time for gaming?

let me know if you have any other specific questions.
I'm looking to go with a Sony because gaming will be one of my primary applications, and I understand it has much less lag than other similarly priced projectors. I just can't decide between the 40, 55, or 65...
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I'm looking to go with a Sony because gaming will be one of my primary applications, and I understand it has much less lag than other similarly priced projectors. I just can't decide between the 40, 55, or 65...
If this is your first Sony, I would go with the HW40 first unless there was a small price delta between the 40 and 55. There's been some great price bargains on the HW40. Also check the classified section here, some folks have sold them with very low hours for a good price.

What is your room setup like? is there light control or are you going to be in some ambient light?
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We'll be watching in the basement, most likely with all of the lights off. Does the 55's iris not make as big a difference with blacks/contrast as I've read, such that the 40 is a better value? Also, I've read that the IR 3D emitter on the 40 and 55 won't work unless there is a direct line of sight to the glasses, much like a TV remote control. I can't imagine how that would work. Does that effectively mean no 3D if the projector is on a shelf in the back of the room?
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The iris does make a difference but it's not a day/night scenario. it would depend on the price difference. If there was a 1K price difference I wouldn't consider it.

The IR transmitter is built into the projector and broadcasts the IR in the direction of the screen. In my setup, my projectors are 17 feet from the screen and the Sony IR signal will bounce off the screen and maintain a good lock. There's definitely situations though where it can be troublesome with lost signal.

There are RF alternatives. There is a special cable that Sony sells, it's a little expensive $75 but combined with a RF transmitter, you open up the options to a large variety of inexpensive RF glasses.

https://www.servicesplus.sel.sony.co...px?stype=parts

VPLHW55ES 184805211 184805211 CONVERSION CABLE $75.50


These inexpensive Xpand RF glasses include the transmitter seen in the photo below. This combo for around $100 will get you started in RF on the Sony.

http://www.amazon.com/EX105BT-Shutte...dp/B009ZW7SR2/

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We'll be watching in the basement, most likely with all of the lights off. Does the 55's iris not make as big a difference with blacks/contrast as I've read, such that the 40 is a better value? Also, I've read that the IR 3D emitter on the 40 and 55 won't work unless there is a direct line of sight to the glasses, much like a TV remote control. I can't imagine how that would work. Does that effectively mean no 3D if the projector is on a shelf in the back of the room?
The dynamic iris makes a pretty large difference in contrast. If you have the money the 55/65 is definitely a better option because of the extra contrast the dynamic iris brings. The IR emitter on these units should definitely be powerful enough to bounce off of a screen and back to the glasses. I do have first hand experience with the 50ES and it worked fine with the aforementioned situation. I don't see why the 55/40 would work any different.
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If this is your first Sony, I would go with the HW40 first unless there was a small price delta between the 40 and 55. There's been some great price bargains on the HW40. Also check the classified section here, some folks have sold them with very low hours for a good price.

What is your room setup like? is there light control or are you going to be in some ambient light?

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The iris does make a difference but it's not a day/night scenario. it would depend on the price difference. If there was a 1K price difference I wouldn't consider it.

The IR transmitter is built into the projector and broadcasts the IR in the direction of the screen. In my setup, my projectors are 17 feet from the screen and the Sony IR signal will bounce off the screen and maintain a good lock. There's definitely situations though where it can be troublesome with lost signal.

There are RF alternatives. There is a special cable that Sony sells, it's a little expensive $75 but combined with a RF transmitter, you open up the options to a large variety of inexpensive RF glasses.

https://www.servicesplus.sel.sony.co...px?stype=parts

VPLHW55ES 184805211 184805211 CONVERSION CABLE $75.50


These inexpensive Xpand RF glasses include the transmitter seen in the photo below. This combo for around $100 will get you started in RF on the Sony.

http://www.amazon.com/EX105BT-Shutte...dp/B009ZW7SR2/

Remember, even with a 1k price difference, the 55 comes with 2 pair of 3D glasses and a spare lamp voucher, so that narrows the gap some.

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that's a good point Mike, I didn't realize there were still new HW55's around. The OP should check with you on the pricing.
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The French review I read about the 65 made it sound like a step backward from the 55. They said they checked out 4 of them and they were all worse.

Do you guys think the 65 must be better than the 55 notwithstanding that review?
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The French review I read about the 65 made it sound like a step backward from the 55. They said they checked out 4 of them and they were all worse.

Do you guys think the 65 must be better than the 55 notwithstanding that review?
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The French review I read about the 65 made it sound like a step backward from the 55. They said they checked out 4 of them and they were all worse.

Do you guys think the 65 must be better than the 55 notwithstanding that review?
I've only see one so far, but it was a very good sample with good convergence as well. I wouldn't have said it was a step down even though there aren't many new features vs. the current version

also the contrast in that review is off by more than 1/2... Native contrast on the HW65 is 6500:1
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If this is your first Sony, I would go with the HW40 first unless there was a small price delta between the 40 and 55. There's been some great price bargains on the HW40. Also check the classified section here, some folks have sold them with very low hours for a good price.

What is your room setup like? is there light control or are you going to be in some ambient light?
How does the Epson 5025UB compare for 2D and gaming? I've seen some crazy good deals on them including a free lamp.

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We'll be watching in the basement, most likely with all of the lights off. Does the 55's iris not make as big a difference with blacks/contrast as I've read, such that the 40 is a better value? Also, I've read that the IR 3D emitter on the 40 and 55 won't work unless there is a direct line of sight to the glasses, much like a TV remote control. I can't imagine how that would work. Does that effectively mean no 3D if the projector is on a shelf in the back of the room?
Same question as above...

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The HW40 is on sale until Dec. 5th, and the HW55 until they are gone. Just FYI.
Would you mind PMing me prices for the HW40, HW55 and 5025UB?

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How does the Epson 5025UB compare for 2D and gaming? I've seen some crazy good deals on them including a free lamp.



Same question as above...



Would you mind PMing me prices for the HW40, HW55 and 5025UB?

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I just got this projector last friday, and i havent tried 3D yet,as the glasses seem to be out of stock,my dealer cant get them until after xmas,but this review doesnt give me much hope it will be a pleasant experience..I do mostly use it for 2D as i see 3D as a gimmick, but i wanted to try it as i have never experienced 3D at home..

Other than that, i think the image is really good,however i have turned ALL processing off,as the image gets a "processed" look in my opinion with RC on even at 20,but i am sure once it is calibrated by a professional,i will be very happy with it.. Also,i might need to get adjusted to SXRD/LCD as i am used to a good DLP image,which had a very filmic look.

Long lamp life, and super low noise is very nice features,and it is bright enough in my dedicated room to only use low setting.

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I just got this projector last friday, and i havent tried 3D yet,as the glasses seem to be out of stock,my dealer cant get them until after xmas,but this review doesnt give me much hope it will be a pleasant experience..I do mostly use it for 2D as i see 3D as a gimmick, but i wanted to try it as i have never experienced 3D at home..

Other than that, i think the image is really good,however i have turned ALL processing off,as the image gets a "processed" look in my opinion with RC on even at 20,but i am sure once it is calibrated by a professional,i will be very happy with it.. Also,i might need to get adjusted to SXRD/LCD as i am used to a good DLP image,which had a very filmic look.

Long lamp life, and super low noise is very nice features,and it is bright enough in my dedicated room to only use low setting.
Turn RC back on, but lower it as much as you can.

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Turn RC back on, but lower it as much as you can.
I tried that, but i still think subtitles especially get that "computer" look with jagged edges as if you can see the pixels and "anti-aliasing" isnt working.

It is kinda hard to explain, but is this just inherent of lcos/lcd and i need to get used to it,or is there some setting i can use to smooth the image without softening the image?
My previous optoma dlp didnt have this "problem" it was very sharp and had a filmic look without the "computer" look.

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Can someone tell me how to access the panel alignment grid? I have panel alignment 'on' in the menu, but don't see how to get to the adjustment grid. Much thx.
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When you are on the <On> menu then click on the right arrow(->)
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Have any of you guys had issues getting the entire image in sharp focus with your projectors? Mine can't, and I'm debating whether to try swapping it out for another one vs going with a different projector, entirely.
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Have any of you guys had issues getting the entire image in sharp focus with your projectors? Mine can't, and I'm debating whether to try swapping it out for another one vs going with a different projector, entirely.
My buddy picked one up and he has the same issue. Can't get full focus. It's pretty noticeable.
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Hello,

I can't seem to find any reviews of the Sonly VPL-HW65ES except for a single French site which basically said it was inferior to the previous model, VPL-HW55ES.

Has anyone found any other reviews? If so, can you please point me in their direction?

Are the only enhancements over the 55 100 more lumens (which I've heard is imperceptible) and RF 3D instead of IR 3D? Anything else?

Has anyone seen this projector for themselves and know how it compares to its predecessor and the VPL-HW40ES while we're at it?

I'm debating whether the iris of the 55 makes the 55 well worth it over the 40, and whether the RF 3D/100 more lumens of the 65 makes it well worth it over the 55.

Any thoughts you can share on the matter will be much appreciated.
I've been using the HW65ES for a couple of weeks now, just wanted to share my thoughts so far :

The projector is placed at more then 4 metres distance, on a white wall (no screen), I have a large room with even larger windows, no curtains, so I have a lot of ambient street light coming in at night. Also I use maximum horizontal and vertical lens shift and high lamp mode so I won't be getting the deepest blacks. So not the best set up conditions.
I previously ( shortly) owned an epson TW9200 ( in the US that's the 5030UB) wich I sold because I had to use dynamic eco mode ( not nice colors) and I did notice the chicken wire effect (the pixel grid).

Projector central already did a very good review on the projector in my belief, but I would like to add the following:
When using the sharpening / reality creation on a higher level then 15 you will get what I would call motion judder. My guess is this is caused because you are adding sharpening to an image projected in 24p and this added sharpening causes clear movement ( movement which had no blur to begin with ) to look unnatural in 24 frames.
Keeping RC and sharpness at 15 will make your close/up and medium shots look incredibly detailed but your wide ( panoramic) shots will ask for a bit more details. That's the trade off and if you are unhappy about it buy a 4K projector.

Also the HW65ES is unforgiving with any lower resolution content, being Netflix, downloads or bad cinematography. Think of it like this, when using a low quality sound system you will not notice the difference between mp3 or high fidelity. But use a high quality sound system and you will notice how great high fidelity sounds but also how crap mp3 is.

In total you get an incredible picture. As a comparision I saw today the new Star Wars film at my local Pathé cinema and the HW65ES projection quality just blows my local cinema completly away.
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When you are on the <On> menu then click on the right arrow(->)
Belated thanks for this. Am pretty sure I tried that several times before posting the ?, but in any case, got it to work following the post's instruction.
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If anyone could explain how to access Preset Memory Numbers (something I have really no knowledge of) on this projector, I would really appreciate it. In regular 1080P I have the Aspect options of "Normal," "Squeeze," and "VStretch," but the option of "Stretch" is said in the manual to only work for 480/60p for NTSC (Preset Memory No. 5). There are situation where I would really like to be able to use the "Stretch" Mode, even if that situation means sacrificing HD quality, so I would really like to understand this. Thank you.
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