Sony Electronics launched the VPL-GTZ380 Monday — marketed as its new flagship elective 3LCD, SXRD projector with a native 4096×2160 4K DCI chipset. Integrated with 10,000 ANSI lumens, the VPL-GTZ380 features a newly developed 0.74” Native 4K SXRD panel that Sony specs at 16,000:1 contrast ratio. By adopting a new liquid crystal material for the panel, Sony says its light stability dramatically improves with the new higher brightness spec. The VPL-GTZ380’s new laser light source, which incorporates a red laser diode in addition to the two different-wavelength blue laser diodes, enables a wide color gamut of 100% DCI-P3 without any loss of brightness.
The new 4K SXRD model is equipped with a high-performance picture processor optimized for projection, “X1 Ultimate for projector,” based on the original X1 Ultimate processor used for Sony’s high-end line of BRAVIA TVs to enable enhanced picture quality. This includes new features such as Dynamic HDR Enhancer and object-based HDR Remaster to enhance dynamic range and achieve deeper blacks. The VPL-GTZ380 also supports HDR formats, including HDR 10 and HLG.
From a design perspective, at 112 pounds, the VPL-GTZ380 has a compact body size for its class due to the small-sized panel and patented phosphor wheel’s adoption, which provides efficient heat release allows the model to integrate into a variety of installation environments. Additionally, the projector achieves 39dB for quiet operation due to the use of a liquid SXRD panel cooling system and streamlined airflow design. Its form factor, quiet operation and easily stackable four corner mount design enables multi-projection in domes and for large screen exhibitions. Due to its high contrast and deep black levels, the projector minimizes banding, allowing for uniform blending.
Through an optional license, the VPL-GTZ380 can also support 4K 120Hz and low transport delay, aimed explicitly at CG images for training simulators and large-screen displays of esports events. The model has additional optional 3D and Night Vision Goggle (NVG) functions for VR research facilities and specialized training.
The VPL-GTZ380 is planned to be available in January of 2021.