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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-vpl-hw453s-projector-review.htm

Projector Reviews (Hot Product Award)

http://www.projectorreviews.com/sony/sony-vpl-hw45es-home-theater-projector-review/

AV Forums (Best Buy Award)

https://www.avforums.com/review/sony-vpl-hw45es-1080p-sxrd-projector-review.12810

TechRadar (4 stars)

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/audio-visual/projectors/sony-vpl-hw45es-hd-projector-1328442/review

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

http://www.homecinemachoice.com/news/article/sony-vpl-hw45es-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,

Brian
 

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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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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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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.

-Brian
 

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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.



-Brian
 

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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.

-Brian

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.

-Brian

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.

-Brian
 
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