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Official Sony VPLHW45ES Owners Thread

Sony VPLHW45ES


Quote from original Sony press release..


Following the success of the VPL-HW65ES, the VPL-HW45ES home theater projector was developed with the demand for high image quality in mind. The new compact VPL-HW45ES projector incorporates Sony’s praised SXRDTM panels and advanced Reality Creation technology. These technologies offer fabulously detailed Full HD images, with improved brightness, contrast and resolution from its predecessor, the VPL-HW40ES. Viewers will notice the difference with Sony’s Super Resolution processing that redefines subtle details, colors and textures, including those affected by compression, taking them a step closer to the 1080p original source.

Sony Official Product Website
http://www.sony.com/electronics/projector/vpl-hw45es

Features and Benefits Video


Owners Manual
https://docs.sony.com/release//Manual_4589872011.pdf

Specifications
https://docs.sony.com/release//specs/VPLHW45ES_mksp.pdf

Warranty Document

https://docs.sony.com/release//Warranty_468728201.pdf



Reviews


What HiFi (5 Stars)

http://www.whathifi.com/sony/vpl-hw45es/review

Trusted Reviews (Recommended)

http://www.trustedreviews.com/sony-vpl-hw45es-review

Projector Central (Highy Rated)

http://www.projectorcentral.com/sony...tor-review.htm

Projector Reviews (Hot Product Award)

http://www.projectorreviews.com/sony...jector-review/

AV Forums (Best Buy Award)

https://www.avforums.com/review/sony...r-review.12810

TechRadar (4 stars)

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/aud...1328442/review

Home Cinema Choice (Best Buy Award) (4.5 Stars)

http://www.homecinemachoice.com/news...s-review/23975

Quote from Home Cinema Choice Review "Apocalypto’s early jungle sequences feature an extremely difficult mix of dark and light tones, yet the HW45ES has enough native contrast to render the subtle light shifts with authority, never letting any dark or light shades dominate. It’s hard to imagine any DLP or LCD solution being able to offer the same sort of single-frame light sophistication –"


Table of contents

Note of thread content post 2
Remote control information post 3
Connections post 4
Bulb information post 5
3D Glasses information post 6
User Calibration reports post 7
User Screenshots post 8

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Hello,

I created this thread as a resource for VPLHW45ES owners including myself. Hopefully for discussion of all aspects of the VPLHW45ES specifically.

Hopefully it will also be useful to people trying to decide on a projector to buy.

However, discussion, debate and comparison to other products is something better left to other threads when possible for the sake of clarity and thread focus.

Thank You,

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Official Remote RMPJ28




The official remote has an official website

https://esupport.sony.com/US/p/model...f88&mdl=RMPJ28

I am looking for replacement links, cost and so on on the pro parts website but so far no luck. I think it's just to knew to be added to the replacement parts store.
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Connections



Along the side of the projector
  • Simple Control Panel (not shown in above picture)
  • Power Connection (110/220 auto sensing)
  • USB port (For Software updates only)
  • 2 HDMI ports (no MHL support)
  • RS232 Port (I will use this for IP control)
  • IR Input (for remote control systems)
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Replacement lamps for HW45ES

LMP-H210



Sony's website for the lamp $499

http://www.sony.com/electronics/projector/lmp-h210

An alternate web based vendor Purelandsupply $296

http://www.purelandsupply.com/sony-p...pl-hw45es.html

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3D Glasses Compatibility and Information

It's known the Sony VPLHW45ES uses standard RF signals for 3D glasses.

In this thread I hope to compile user experiences with several models of 3D glasses that work with the VPLHW45ES

Samsung SSG-3100GB



These are the glasses I use and they are not likely to popular among HW45ES users because they are old and discontinued. The reason I use them is they came with a nice black friday plasma set I bought a few years ago. That set was only ever used for 3D a handful of times so I'm glad the HW45ES supports these.

A good thing about these is they are very light. Almost as light as passive glasses. Having used these glasses a little more I really prefer them to the PS3 3D glasses I used with my last projector. The PS3 3D glasses would somehow trap reflections on the inside lens. Or something like that. Drove me crazy but that's gone now.

Another good thing about these is they use actual batteries. I find having a surplus of actual batteries is something I prefer to 3D glasses with rechargeable batteries. Especially ones with un service-able rechargeable batteries.

Hopefully I can collect information about other 45ES users experience with various 3D Glasses over time.
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Calibration reports


If one thing is clear from reading the reviews above, the HW45ES comes well calibrated. No one should ever be looking for someone else's values for settings as the out of box settings are likely better.

However, I have the calibration gear and enjoy calibration so here's some data from calibrating this morning. I only had to move a few items a few clicks and I was done. The before graphs may look pretty bad but the before picture was really great. I don't calibrate 3D.


I don't know what the limits are for uploaded images but maybe other users will either provide a zip or make a seperate thread full of calibration data and I can link to each user in this thread.
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This post is for user screen shots. (Hopefully not just mine but others as well.)

(Actually I don't know how many screen shots can be uploaded to a single thread... this could be an issue... maybe this will have links to the other users screen shot posts.)

My screen shots are from a 110" White Silver Ticket Screen.
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We finally get our own thread! While this is only my first projector, I also own a top tier plasma and a highly rated 4k TV. This projector on a 120 inch screen blows them away. And it's also whisper quiet.
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Lightbulb IP Control

IP Control of VPLHW45ES

One of the features Sony does not include with the VPLHW45ES is IP control which is found on higher end models of the current line up.

What is IP Control ? ... In short it's remote control via the network.

I rely on IP control because it's what I find to be the most reliable and because I have gear inside and outside my theater room. And finally, because I prefer to use my iphone as a remote because I carry it with me 24/7 and it should have at least one purpose. Every component of my Home Theater is controlled via the network including the lights and the projector.

So even though it's not built in, I wanted to share the information about how I use a add on gizmo to add IP control to my HW45ES. *it's even wireless IP control via Wifi (wired ethernet gizmos are also available)*



This charming fella pictured above is the Global Cache wifi2sl adapter. It can hook up to the RS232 connector on the HW45ES which is lableled "Remote."

You need to also use a null adapter for some reason. This is just the fact of certain RS232 components... some just require the null port adapter. And it has to be male to female as shown here. These sell for ~$3.99 so it's not as much of a deal breaker as it sounds like it could be.



Anyhow.... plug that stuff into the remote port on the VPLHW45ES and presto you have given it back the IP control Sony removed from it to keep costs down.

After that, some setup or configuration is required depending on what you use as a control method. I use Roomie Remote (now called Simple Control) and codes are already pre programmed for several Sony SXRD projectors like the VPLHW55ES. If you tell your remote it's a VPLHW55ES it will never know that it's really a VPLHW45ES.

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My VPLHW45ES

Hi,

I wanted to say a few things about my own history with projectors and my new HW45ES.

I bought my first projector used in 1999 and since then I have changed projectors on average every 3 years. The HW45ES is my 6th projector and list looks like this: Sony VPH1271Q, Electrohome Marquee 8500, Sony VPHG70Q, Sony VPLVW60, Sony VPLHW30ES, Sony VPLHW45ES.


The HW45 is without a doubt the best projector I have had. It's easy to get nostalgic for the 200 pound CRT projectors that I used in the past but I'm glad I have left them for much better and much easier to work with modern projectors.



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Replacement lamps for HW45ES

LMP-H210



Sony's website for the lamp $499

http://www.sony.com/electronics/projector/lmp-h210

An alternate web based vendor Purelandsupply $296

http://www.purelandsupply.com/sony-p...pl-hw45es.html
That Purelandsupply lamp is NOT official Sony branded, correct?

It seems all the official ones are $500. That's darn steep, especially with all the premature failures and flickering issues with the 40ES.

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Lightbulb

Yes and No,

It doesn't come in a box that says Sony on it and it does not come with a replacement filter.

It is the exact bulb that is original.

The bulb of the 40ES is a different bulb. It's fairly similar in construction but it is a completely different bulb. I have not seen any reports of early failure of the 45ES bulb. I don't remember if I have seen reports of flicker... I haven't experienced the flicker.. I think watching some 3D which puts my bulb on "high" can break in the part that flickers while being broken in.

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IP Control of VPLHW45ES

One of the features Sony does not include with the VPLHW45ES is IP control which is found on higher end models of the current line up.

What is IP Control ? ... In short it's remote control via the network.

I rely on IP control because it's what I find to be the most reliable and because I have gear inside and outside my theater room. And finally, because I prefer to use my iphone as a remote because I carry it with me 24/7 and it should have at least one purpose. Every component of my Home Theater is controlled via the network including the lights and the projector.

So even though it's not built in, I wanted to share the information about how I use a add on gizmo to add IP control to my HW45ES. *it's even wireless IP control via Wifi (wired ethernet gizmos are also available)*



This charming fella pictured above is the Global Cache wifi2sl adapter. It can hook up to the RS232 connector on the HW45ES which is lableled "Remote."

You need to also use a null adapter for some reason. This is just the fact of certain RS232 components... some just require the null port adapter. And it has to be male to female as shown here. These sell for ~$3.99 so it's not as much of a deal breaker as it sounds like it could be.



Anyhow.... plug that stuff into the remote port on the VPLHW45ES and presto you have given it back the IP control Sony removed from it to keep costs down.

After that, some setup or configuration is required depending on what you use as a control method. I use Roomie Remote (now called Simple Control) and codes are already pre programmed for several Sony SXRD projectors like the VPLHW55ES. If you tell your remote it's a VPLHW55ES it will never know that it's really a VPLHW45ES.

-Brian
... I thought sales advertisements weren't allowed in threads?

And IR blasters work fine with the 45es
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... I thought sales advertisements weren't allowed in threads? ...
Vendors aren't allowed to push their products in the user forums. Users are allowed to share experiences they've had with various products. In fact many users read these forums specifically to learn which products other users have had success with.
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Hi,

I certainly wasn't trying to generate any sales.

I chose to use IP control for EVERYTHING. Seems far more reliable to me and it's 2 way communication so my remote gets the status updates from the projector. Ir doesn't do that.

I'm glad IR Repeaters work. Livin, I'm glad to see another 45ES user in this thread. If you want to detail your use if IR that would be great also.

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Edit - I'm also not "pushing" the discontinued 3D glasses above either.... Just in case anyone misunderstands me. I'm hoping other users of this PJ will mention the 3D glasses they use and I can collect several options into that thread.

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My comments was a but tongue and cheek, the post was long and a bit like an ad

I simply use a Logitech Harmony hub/remote. Simple, reliable and cheap. I have no affiliation with them, but for less money that the global cache it does a lot more. To each his own as the saying goes.

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Tomorrow I should have lots of time on my own with my new projector and hopefully I can fill out a few of the initial posts of this thread. For example, hopefully I can record some data for the calibration section and maybe take some good screen shots.

I also hope other 45ES owners can use and grow the thread and help make it the go to resource for owners as it should be.

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Edit - I did update the screen shots and calibration threads.

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Can anyone provide fixed screen suggestions for this projector? I'm in the building phase and would like to get a screen ordered up to begin framing in the front wall of the theater. I played around on projector central and it looks like I can go with a 135" screen with a 17-18' throw, but I've also seen some input indicating I should keep it at 120" or less for this projector. The room will be dark, no windows, and is roughly 13'3" wide, 22' deep and 8'3" ceilings. I'd like to keep my budget under 3 grand for the projector, screen and mounting equipment. Thanks in advance.
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With a budget of 3K for everything ... that looks like a budget of 1K for the screen and mount.

My mount and cables came from Monoprice and the mount in particular was under $20.

My screen is a Silver Ticket 110" white and sells for around $200 I think so it's way under your projected budget.

Stewart makes some screens in the $1200 range now last time I looked which is likely a little out of your budget.

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Proud new owner here!
Panel alignment took a little work, not perfect on outer quarter of the screen, probably just being picky lol. Reminds me of working on my old rear projection tv, except for the end result.....
Looks fantastic! Lots of settings to suit your taste, staying with reference for now. Lighter walls, carpet, ceiling. Gray cheapy elite 113" screen. Couldn't imagine how it would look in a proper room with dark surroundings!
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Can anyone provide fixed screen suggestions for this projector? I'm in the building phase and would like to get a screen ordered up to begin framing in the front wall of the theater. I played around on projector central and it looks like I can go with a 135" screen with a 17-18' throw, but I've also seen some input indicating I should keep it at 120" or less for this projector. The room will be dark, no windows, and is roughly 13'3" wide, 22' deep and 8'3" ceilings. I'd like to keep my budget under 3 grand for the projector, screen and mounting equipment. Thanks in advance.
What is your viewing distance (eyes to screen)? Will you have single row seating or more than one row? Others can tell you what works for them in similar setups but no one can tell you which size will work best for you because everyone has different preferences for screen size and viewing distance. It's the same reason why in commercial cinemas some people prefer to sit toward the front, some toward the back and some everywhere in between.

Silver Ticket fixed screens are generally considered the best all-around combination of lower cost and image quality. They make both 120" and 135" models. Either screen size will work with the HW45ES, but the image would be a little brighter on the 120" screen than the 135". With a dark, windowless room a plain white screen is generally considered the best option.
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Thank you Dave. This is my first theater, so I'm not sure what my preferences will be yet. I'm leaning towards the larger size. I will have two rows of seating, and will be taking measurements for materials lists on Sunday. We are going to have two rows of seats, and I expect them to be ~12-14' back and ~18-20' back from the screen. The room will be windowless and is a dedicated home theater. The exterior walls are framed in, otherwise it is going to start coming together soon. I recently started a build thread "arctic build" on here.


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What is your viewing distance (eyes to screen)? Will you have single row seating or more than one row? Others can tell you what works for them in similar setups but no one can tell you which size will work best for you because everyone has different preferences for screen size and viewing distance. It's the same reason why in commercial cinemas some people prefer to sit toward the front, some toward the back and some everywhere in between.

Silver Ticket fixed screens are generally considered the best all-around combination of lower cost and image quality. They make both 120" and 135" models. Either screen size will work with the HW45ES, but the image would be a little brighter on the 120" screen than the 135". With a dark, windowless room a plain white screen is generally considered the best option.
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If you watch a lot of letter boxed movies you might consider the variable format screens from Monoprice that ga e built in masking.

http://www.monoprice.com/mobile/prod...1082910&cpncd=

A little more expensive than Silver Ticket but better frame quality in my experience. They get you on shipping though.
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... We are going to have two rows of seats, and I expect them to be ~12-14' back and ~18-20' back from the screen. ...
For more of a cinematic vs. big TV experience I'd suggest you go 12' and 18' (eyes to screen) for the two rows rather than 14' and 20'. Based on all the opinions I've read on this forum I'd say a 120" screen from 12' is about average with some preferring closer and some further. From 18' a 120" screen is going to be the equivalent of viewing a 60" TV from 9', so not all that cinematic. I guess I would go with a 135" screen.

But since I'm guessing you will be the one sitting in the front row it's really up to you to decide how big a screen you would prefer from 12'. A 120" screen from 12' would be like viewing a 60" TV from 6' while a 135" screen would be like viewing that 60" TV from about 5'. If you have a big screen TV you might want to experiment by sitting closer to it than usual to simulate what the larger projector screen image would look like from your proposed viewing distances.

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Thank you for the input. These are the two screens that I'm currently looking at:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=ATVPDKIKX0DER
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...A1ADONBURVW3BX

After a little more research and spending some time designing the room, I think I will be building a shelf behind the screen for the front and center speakers and use an acoustical transparent screen. I've got some flexibility on the throw distance, but projector central is recommending 16-16&1/2 feet. My beam is about 16'8" back from the screen, so I will probably just mount off of it unless there is any compelling reason to move it forward or back.

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Anyone comment on this as a sports projector? It seems bright enough at 1500 lumens calibrated, but I see people recommending the Epsons, like the 3500/3700 instead. Considering the Epson 3700 and the 45es. Widest (brightest) zoom, about 110" diagonal in a light controlled room with white walls.

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Mine arrived today and i set it up to project on a white wall at about 120in. I really wanted a fixed screen but I was unable to find a single successful example of anyone mounting a 120in fixed screen to the ceiling. My screen has to go in front of gas fireplace and mantle so ceiling mounting is the only way to go.

I couldnt make up my mind on a tab tensioned electric so i cheaped out and got the 120in Elite manual pull down to hold me over until i can convince myself that a $1000 tensioned screen is the beest way to go.

Now, this is my first projector. In fact, the only reason i even thought of buying one is because i am moving to a new place a couple weeks and the owner had a proje tor setup in the basement with the wires run through the ceiling and two ceiling embedded surround speakers. I figured what the hell, he already did the hard part.

My main tv is the F8500 plasma but i must say that this projector looks great, even on a wall. I knew it would not be nearly as sharp and i really love the cinematic feel.

I usually like a neutral color but for this i actually like a much warmer picture so i set the color to D55. I calibrated m6 plasma with the Idisplay pro and calman 5 and i wonder if I can do thr same here.
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Mine arrived today and i set it up to project on a white wall at about 120in. I really wanted a fixed screen but I was unable to find a single successful example of anyone mounting a 120in fixed screen to the ceiling. My screen has to go in front of gas fireplace and mantle so ceiling mounting is the only way to go.

I couldnt make up my mind on a tab tensioned electric so i cheaped out and got the 120in Elite manual pull down to hold me over until i can convince myself that a $1000 tensioned screen is the beest way to go.

Now, this is my first projector. In fact, the only reason i even thought of buying one is because i am moving to a new place a couple weeks and the owner had a proje tor setup in the basement with the wires run through the ceiling and two ceiling embedded surround speakers. I figured what the hell, he already did the hard part.

My main tv is the F8500 plasma but i must say that this projector looks great, even on a wall. I knew it would not be nearly as sharp and i really love the cinematic feel.

I usually like a neutral color but for this i actually like a much warmer picture so i set the color to D55. I calibrated m6 plasma with the Idisplay pro and calman 5 and i wonder if I can do thr same here.
Look at this thread for an example of someone mounting a fixed screen from the ceiling First Living Room HT setup...Value for money priority.
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I usually like a neutral color but for this i actually like a much warmer picture so i set the color to D55. I calibrated m6 plasma with the Idisplay pro and calman 5 and i wonder if I can do thr same here.
Yes, You can.

My guess is it's 90% or more done from the start. I had to adjust very few items to get mine done.
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