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The Sony VPL-HW30ES ($3,700 street), is one of several recently announced models that, as a group, are about to ratchet up once again the features you should expect in a home theater projector. About two years ago, the price for 1080p resolution fell dramatically. That was followed by 1080p models with 3D. However, the 3D worked only at 720p and needed a video converter to work with most sources. The VPL-HW30ES and other new generation models offer 1080p in 2D and 3D, and they work directly with Blu-ray players, FIOS, and the like. Most important, the Sony projector in particular offers high enough image quality and enough capability to more than justify the price. The VPL-HW30ES is much cheaper than Sony's previous lowest-cost 1080p 3D projector, which was about $10,000. However, it's more expensive than some other current choices. In particular, it costs more than twice as much as the Optoma HD33 ($1,500 street, 4 stars) that I recently reviewed. And note that the VPL-HW30ES's price doesn't even include the cost of the external 3D emitter ($80 street) or 3D glasses ($130 street each).
If we were building a dedicated home cinema tomorrow, we would, without doubt, install a 3D projector. While cynics continue to shrug at the tsunami tide of 3D flatscreen TVs heading our way, and we also have some reservations, we've yet to meet anyone who's walked away from a 3D home projector demo who didn't have a grin on their face. After all there's something completely understandable about the simple proposition of movie-watching in a dark room, with no disturbances. In this context, 3D is a killer addition to the home entertainment experience.And if we were equipping said picture palace, Sony's second generation VPL-HW30ES would be on our shortlist. It's a breathtakingly good projector, blessed with an alluring price tag. By our reckoning, that's the equivalent of around fifty family visits to the local multiplex (including snacks and beverages). This thing would pay for itself in no time.The Sony VPL-HW30ES' design is in line with previous Sony SXRD (Silicon X-tal Reflective Display) projectors. The distinctive curvaceous, glossy lid and side-mounted inputs look suitably swish. Our test sample was finished in the standard black, but there's a new white finish available, too.
Sony is one step ahead of rival manufacturers with the VPL-HW30, a 3D projector that's expected to sell for no more than £2,000. It fits neatly into Sony's projector range between the VPL-HW20 and the VPL-HW90. On paper, it doesn't look like there's anything really new in the hardware or handling. The HW30 is clearly heavily based on the HW20, but with added 3D-compatibility, 2D-to-3D conversion and a 200 Hz mode. This projector therefore has the same bulky black plastic casing at the HW20 (a white version is coming in November 2011), with a glossy finish on the top but a matte finish on the sides. Similarly, like in the HW20, the manual lens-shift control is located on the top of the projector. There are also manual controls for the 1.6x zoom and focus functions directly on the projector lens. The image above shows the projector's maximum lens-shift positions. As you can see, the projected image can be moved quite far up and down on the vertical axis. However, horizontal movement is much more restricted. Plus, once you've moved the image to the left or right, you can't then move it upwards—you have to bring the image back to the centre position to move it vertically.
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