posted on Monday, 20th March 2017 by David Slater
Sony’s projector range for 2017 offers integrators a huge range of display options, from affordable home theatre and ground-breaking 4K UHD HDR models, to form factor challenging ultra short throw models. We visited distributor Marata Vision to take a closer look…
Perhaps the most extraordinary Sony projector in the 2017 line-up will be the VPL-VZ1000ES. First seen at CES 2017, this Ultra Short Throw 4K HDR laser light model can be positioned as little as 15cm away from a wall, yet casts a huge 254cm (100-inch) image.
The benefit of an Ultra Short Throw projector is unique in that no one can walk in front of the lens to cast shadows across an image, and when concealed in furniture it becomes invisible within a room environment. For integrators this translates to a huge range of potential residential applications, from home cinema or media rooms to bedrooms and even diners.
The VPL-VZ1000ES (pictured above) measures 925 x 494 x 219mm and weighs 35kg, which makes it 40 per cent smaller than the currently available Sony LSPX-W1S. Brightness is rated at 2,500 lumens.
For those looking for a more conventional high-end solution for large theatres, there’s the VPL-VW5000ES (pictured below). Sony has let the projection market when it comes to native 4K UHD technology, and with the VPL-VW5000ES it sets a high new bar.
The VPL-VW5000ES is a cinema-grade display solution which uses a laser light engine, with a performance that reflects the company’s dominance in the commercial cinema projection market.
It offers 5000-lumens brightness, and is HDR compatible. We described the VPL-VW5000 as a game-changing new option for installers. It’s an astonishing example of projection technology.
The VPL-VW1100ES (pictured above) is Sony’s long standing flagship 4K home theatre projector. With a dynamic contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 and 2000 ANSI-lumens brightness, it’s the ideal choice for no-compromise home cinema installs. Image processing is class leading, courtesy of the latest iteration of proprietary Reality Creation technology.
If you’re after a smaller form factor, the VPL-VW550ES (pictured above) is difficult to beat. This update on a popular design adds HDR to Sony’s native SXRD 4K projector. Brightness is rated at 1800 ANSI lumens, with dynamic contrast said to be 350,000:1. The projector offers a wide zoom/lens shift range which simplifies installation, and it has an enviable reputation for low operating noise. The step-down VPL-VW320ES is a 1500 lumens brightness 4K projector, boasting a similarly low fan noise and a long 6000-hours lamp life.
Of course, not every home cinema needs a 4K UHD solution. For those Full HD installs, there are two highly regarded models to choose from: the VPL-HW65ES and VPL-HW45ES.
The HW65ES is a bright 1800-lumens projector capable of 120,000:1 contrast ratio. Compact and easy to install, the model is suitable for smaller media rooms. The stablemate VPL-HW45ES also offers 1800-lumens brightness, albeit without Reality Creation picture processing, and is able in black or white finishes. Both run at 22dB.
For more information, prices and availability of any of the above, contact Marata Vision on +44 (0)1923 495 595. For more news stories and features about Marata Vision and Sony, visit our resource page here.
David Slater started his writing career with SVI writing a
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