Sony VPL-HW45ES Projector: Summary

August 27, 2016 / By Art Feierman
SONY VPL-HW45ES HOME THEATER PROJECTOR:  SUMMARY PAGE 1 The VPL-HW45ES is only slightly improved over the older HW40ES, but it sells for 20% less. That is, in the US, $500 less at $1999.  And that alone, folks, makes it a much better value that its predecessor.
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This is our top regular award for projectors. In addition we offer additional awards in our special reports

There are no major changes, other than the price, and that Sony has gotten rid of a lot of "legacy" inputs (such as analog computer, composite video, etc.) instead relying primarily on its two HDMI inputs. That's OK, that will work for most folks, and for the rest, a good switching AV receiver will handle "gobs" of different types of inputs. The VPL-HW45ES easily earned one of our  Hot Product Awards.
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Take your pick: The $1999 list price Sony VPL-HW45ES is offered in white or black finishes

I am pleased to report as I publish this review today, that the Sony VPL-HW45ES also is receiving one of our top awards, from our new 2016 Best Home Theater Projectors Report, (which as I write this, is also being completed). The report will be published in sections starting just a couple days after this review goes live. In our report, the VPL-HW45ES competes in our $1000 - $2000 "Class." Compete may be the wrong word. How about instead:  The VPL-HW45ES Wins our Best In Class - Under $2000 - which goes to the best overall performance. We also give out  Best Value Proposition awards in most classes.
Best in Class: Performance Award for Projectors $1000-2000

Best in Class: Performance Award for Projectors $1000-2000

This summary page will bring together much that is covered within the full review, so should be useful for those of you who just want the "big picture" view for now, without all those pesky details.
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