Sony intros new 4k HDR projectors, revamps laser light engine for flagship

posted on Tuesday, 8th September 2020 by Steve May

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Sony has unveiled three new native 4k SXRD home cinema projectors, the VPL-VW590ES, VPL-VW790ES and flagship VPL-GTZ380

The 4k HDR ready VPL-VW590ES and VPL-VW790ES use lamp and laser light engines respectively, with both built around the brand’s ‘X1 for projector’ image engine, a derivation of the processor commonly used in the brand’s TV sets.

Features include a new Dynamic HDR Enhancer, for improved HDR performance, and a Digital Focus Optimizer, which claims to improve focus by compensating for any optical degradation of the lens. Also onboard is Super Resolution Reality Creation Technology, for naturalistic upscaling.

The top of the range VPL-GTZ380 laser projector is intended for larger, high-end home theatres, and corporate and entertainment applications. Weighing in at 51kg, it boasts a new upgraded ‘X1 Ultimate for projector’ image processor and a newly- developed 0.74-inch native 4K SXRD panel with improved light stability.

The projector also features a newly designed laser light source, which uses a red laser diode and two different-wavelength blue laser diodes. Light output is rated as 10,000 lumens with a wide colour gamut of 100 per cent DCI-P3. Sony says with low acoustic noise and compact chassis, the projector offers integrators a variety of flexible installation possibilities.

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“Sony has led the 4K home cinema projector market with our native 4K SXRD projectors for nearly a decade, and we’re thrilled to announce a new range of powerhouse models for our customers and CI dealers,” says Christopher Mullins, Home Cinema Product Manager for Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “Offering a big screen, immersive viewing experience that delivers the creator’s true intent is a core goal when developing our new projectors, and these new models are no exception.”

The VPL-VW590ES and VPL-VW790ES are available to order now. The VPL-GTZ380 is due later this year.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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