Sony Electronics said Tuesday that it will bring high dynamic range (HDR) to its 4K VPL-VW365ES home theater projector in May, and that current owners will be able to update their models through a firmware update that will be available at that time.

The VP-VW365ES, which carries a $9,998.99 unilateral pricing policy, was first introduced at CEDIA 2015 last fall offering bleeding-edge picture quality technologies and flexible installation capability for home theater system integrators at an under $10,000 price point.

Sony said the update will make the VPL-VW365ES the third Sony home cinema projector, following the VPL-VW5000ES and VPL-VW665ES, to support the 4K Ultra HD and HDR formats.

Read more about the VPL-VW365ES after the jump:

According to Sony, content carrying HDR metadata played in its SXRD projectors delivers “exceptional detail, color and contrast, with a far wider range of luminescence than other video formats.”

High Dynamic Range imagery delivers the closest representation of the reality viewable by the human eye. It delivers greater detail, a wide contrast ratio, increased color volume, brighter highlights and deeper blacks.

“Sony understands 4K HDR like no other company,” stated Sunil Nayyar, Sony’s North American TV and projectors product marketing director. “Sony’s 4K HDR Ultra HD TVs deliver HDR compatibility and stunning performance, and our 4K HDR projectors offer a true home theater experience for enthusiasts looking for the best possible image quality, particularly on screens larger than 80 inches. Sony’s 4K SXRD imaging technology and HDR support continues to be the state-of-the-art in home theater projection.”

The VPL-VW365ES uses Sony’s advanced SXRD panels that produce a native 4K picture, with no artificial manipulation of pixels so that over 26 million pixels are displayed with each refresh cycle. Sony said it uses a special projector application of its Triluminos color processing engine to produce rich and accurate colors. Also used in the projector is Sony’s Motionflow picture technology to reduce motion blurring for clearer, motion images, such as those seen in sporting events and fast-paced action movies.

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To present the latest HDR content, the VPL-VW365ES is equipped with HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 in puts. Also included is a built-in RF 3D transmitter that links to industry-standard 3D glasses with a strong wireless signal for wider coverage and uninterrupted 3D synchronization stability, the company said.

Professional calibration features in the VPL-VW365ED allow professional calibrators to expertly adjust the picture to suit the viewers’ tastes. These color correction tools allow access to adjust the hue, saturation, and brightness of each color and the color space for red, green, blue respectively, to their desired level.

Sony said it has developed a PC-based calibration tool for its 4K and HD projector models. Installers will have access to the Projector Calibration Pro software on HD through 4K Sony home theater models. The tool will allow manipulating all of a projector’s features including color calibration tools. Setup configurations can be saved to a file to upload to any future installations for speed and simplicity.

Additional adjustments made for a particular client can be saved in a separate file that will allow the installer to recall original calibration settings if ever needed to tweak the system in the future.

By Greg Tarr


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