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Sony - VPL 1080p SXRD Projector - Black

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Create a true home theater experience with this Sony cinema projector. A 215W lamp delivers up to 6,000 hours of viewing time, and the built-in 3-D transmitter lets you watch 3-D movies with beautiful clarity. Featuring nine calibration modes, this Sony cinema projector optimizes images for TV, sporting events and films.

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What's Included

  • 2 AA manganese batteries
  • Lens cover
  • Sony VPL-HW45ES
  • Wireless remote control

Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (67 out of 69)


Advanced Reality Creation super resolution processing

Helps ensure a lifelike picture.

Motionflow technology

Offers Combination mode, which uses Sony's Film Projection and Motion Enhancer capabilities to add frames, reduce blur and maintain brightness in fast-moving scenes.

1800 lumens of brightness

Offer a highly visible display with clear on-screen images.

Lens shift

Vertical and horizontal lens shift for the ultimate installation flexibility.

1080p (1920 x 1080) native resolution

Creates a sharp, detailed high-definition picture.

Dual HDMI inputs

Make it easy to connect to high-definition sources.

40" - 300" viewable screen size

Allows everyone in the room to enjoy a clear view.

Supports a variety of signals

Including 1080/24p, 1080/60i, 480/60p, 720/60p, 720/50p, 576/50p and 1080/50p for a wide range of compatibility options.

Manual zoom

Offers setting versatility.

22dB fan noise

Ensures quiet operation.


Enables operation from a distance.

Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Projector there is under $2k....PERIOD.

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    When my VPL HW40ES was hit by lightning, my whole household went into a deep movie depression. We watched at least one movie, sporting event, or tv series every night on that machine. So obviously we where going to replace it with its new predecessor, the sony VPL HW45ES. The fact that it was $500 cheaper msrp was icing on the cake. Probably if I had to say the best improvement made over the 40ES is it's more believable. By that i mean the picture looks more real. The colors look more natural and images look and move more life like. It's as if your where watching a live show or game in person. Anyone who gives this projector less than 5 stars must have no knowledge of how to set up a projector, or they are just bashing sony for some other reason. This projector is defiantly a keeper, just like the 40ES was before it. Don't waste your money on the HDMI wireless adapter option unless you have no other choice. It will definitely degrade the picture quality. Always feed your projector the best possible source there is. BluRay, over the air, directv, cable, streaming in that order for the best results.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response


      Hi MovieMan,
      We always appreciate customers who take the time to give us their feedback. I’ll pass what you've said onto proper department. Thank you.
      >Joffrey sony_US

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worthy upgrade

    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Upgraded from Epson 8350, was a pretty good starter but wanted some new features, better contrast and black levels. I was not let down by the 45es it is brighter than expected even in low lamp mode which I run predominantly. I do not have full light control and still very watchable during the day. At night the picture is as good as any tv I own including a 4k Samsung only comparing 1080p. No noticeable lag when gaming in game mode but I'm not hardcore gamer. Ran a cal really only had to drop contrast a couple point to get full scale. Only have 12hrs on the unit so will revisit but really impressed with picture quality right out of the box. It is quite I would compare fan noise to that of low rpm computer fans, can't hear it while watching a movie in all but the quietest of scenes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response


      Hi Rodlog,
      We're really glad to hear that you're having a good time with your projector! Thank you for choosing Sony! >Joffrey sony_US

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Picture

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I had a Sony VPL projector. I had it for about eight years. Very pleased with it. But with technology moving so fast, I started looking into getting an upgrade. I looked at $20,000, $10,000 and $4,000 projectors. 4K and 4K upscale. I swear my eyes are in great shape. I bought this for $1,999 and the next day got $200 back, because it went on sale. This projector in my home theater which is totally dark is as good as any I've seen. My projector is sitting on a shelf that is just under my ceiling and is about 14 feet from the 103" screen. Just above my first row of seating. I am thrilled with the quality of this picture. 3-D is better than at the theaters. My 26 year old son is a huge movie buff. He works in the editing business. He was watching a movie at my house and texted me "this is better than the movie theater". I agree. BlueRay and 3-D movies are spectacular!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    If you're not ready for 4K but want excellent PQ

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This projector has excellent black levels and is easy to fit into a variety of rooms. I couldn't justify the cost of a true 4K projector with HDR and different color spaces still in limbo. I decided to stick to 1080p for a few years. I mounted this on a shelf in the back of my room as I really wanted to avoid cutting into my ceiling and it was very easy to setup. Most inexpensive projectors have very strict placement requirements. Given the picture quality and flexibility I think this projector is a great option if you don't want to spend the extra money on 4K.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good, satisfied.

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    The projector looks very good and performs well, so far. The workmanship is good and the technicians cleaned up very well and left the room looking good. We are also happy with their programming for the remote control to access everything. Our only concern is that out current TV could not be connected to the cable. Thus to see cable we have to lower the projector screen. We will get a new TV with the appropriate connection so we may need the Geek Squad to return to connect it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I was going back and forth between this and an Epson. Finally settled on the Sony and couldn't be happier. The picture out of the box is phenomenal and really doesn't require much calibration. I had no issues with alignment or dead pixels. This projector is plenty bright with the lights on and can get nice and dark with the lights off. I hope to keep it for a long time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Did not live up to the hype

    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Everyone reviewed how great the setting were out of the box, it took me hours to find an semi- acceptable setting. The filters on it wash out faces like cell phones do these days, makes people look like plastic. There are pretty bad ghosting effects in high motion scenes. I would suggest picking up a different projector. I felt like I got better results from my Optima from 2010. The projector itself looks beautiful, runs quiet.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent detail in the image

    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I was trying to decide between this Sony and The more expensive Epson 5040ub with a higher lumen count and HDR color capability. I was able to see both on display at Nebraska Furniture and do a side by side comparison. Save yourself the extra $700 plus, the Sony is more than bright enough and the color displayed is awesome!

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

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The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about design, image quality, usability and noise. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 98/100 = Excellent quality.
  • The WirecutterChris Heinonen on July 5, 2017
    The Best Projector for a Home Theater
    With its superb image quality, easy setup options, and comparable affordability, we think the Sony VPL-HW45ES is the best projector for dedicated home theaters.Full Review
  • What Hi-Fi? (UK)Rating, 5 out of 5What Hi-Fi? on October 10, 2016
    Sony VPL-HW45ES review
    From the moment you switch it on, you'll discover a talented projectorFull Review
  • AVForums (UK)Rating, 4.5 out of 5September 21, 2016
    Sony VPL-HW45ES 1080p SXRD Projector Review
    Sony has a new 1080p SXRD entry level projector in the shape of the HW45ES and it is an absolute cracker!Full Review
  • TechRadar (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5Steve May on September 12, 2016
    Sony VPL-HW45ES HD Projector review
    Maybe we don't need 4K after all?Full Review
  • Trusted Reviews (UK)Rating, 4.5 out of 5John Archer on August 11, 2016
    Sony VPL-HW45ES
    The VPL-HW45ES is the successor to a classic Full HD projector, the VPL-HW40ES. That's a formidable heritage, but Sony has had two years to come up with ways to improve on it. The result: it's really, really good. Your movies will look great, butFull Review

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