Sony does 4K projection for less (than before)
Info about these two projectors, plus an update of last year’s excellent VW50, after the jump.
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.
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.
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.
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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