Sony does 4K projection for less (than before)

September 27th, 2013 · 1 Comment · 3D HDTV, 4K Front Projection, Front Projection

Sony 600More than $12,000 separates the new flagship VPL-VW1100ES and the new VPL-VW600ES 4K projector. That means the 600ES is still $15,000, but new tech is never cheap.

Info about these two projectors, plus an update of last year’s excellent VW50, after the jump.

Sony VPL-VW1100ES

First, the flagship. The VPL-VW1100ES is an update of the first 4K home projector, the 1000ES. Sony’s claiming 2,000 ANSI lumens, and a dynamic contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. Interestingly, Sony is claiming HDMI 2.0 support, including 4K/60p playback. It’s bundled with the FMP-X1 4K media player.

The VPL-VW1100ES will be available in October. The price is $28k. Save your pennies.

Sony VPL-VW600ES

The VPL-VW600ES is the baby brother to the 1000ES and 1100ES. Like its siblings, it has 4,096×2,160 resolution. It’s got slightly less claimed light output, at 1,700 ANSI lumens, and a lower contrast ratio at 200,000:1 (dynamic).

The 600ES uses a UHP lamp similar to the 1000, the $699 LMP-H260.

The price for the projector alone is $15k, but add in an FMP-X1 and an Xperia Z tablet for $1,000 more. It’s available in November.

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They used this projector in their demo, and it looked bright and detailed on a roughly 179-inch screen. A clip from the most recent Spiderman showed off all the positives of SXRD (contrast ratio, etc), plus the added resolution of 4K. Pretty cool.

Sony VPL-VW55ES

Lastly, the $4,000 VPL-HW55ES. It’s 1080p, and an update to the 50ES from last year. Improvements include a better cooling system that should extend lamp life (up to 5,000 hours). Light output is a claimed 1,700 ANSI lumens and the dynamic contrast ratio is 120,000:1. It will be available in October.

 

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  • M. Wright

    Interesting to Sony is still using “real” DCI 4k resolution (4096 pixels) in their consumer projectors and not going to Ultra HD resolution (3840 pixels). I guess that shows Sony’s theatrical exhibition equipment roots.

    Any news about the projectors supporting Rec. 2020?

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