At IFA, Sony announced two new projectors — the 4K VPL-VW500ES and a 1080p 3D home projector, the VPL-HW55ES.
The VPL-VW500ES home cinema projector has been introduced to expand Sony’s 4K home cinema range. It will sit alongside the VPL-VW1000ES, Sony’s first 4K home cinema projector, which was launched in January 2012, and be “priced lower” than the VPL-VW1000ES, which is priced at $25,000.
The VPL-VW500ES offers DCI based 4K (4096×2160) resolution. In addition, the projector has the latest HDMI standard, HDMI 2.0, to accommodate 4K at 60p content. The VPL-VW500ES also features a 4K upscaler that the company is calling “Reality Creation,” for upscaling 1080p Blu-Ray content. It is specified at 1,700 ANSI-lumen brightness and with a 200,000:1 contrast ratio.
The VPL-VW500ES is compact and has a front air exhaust cooling system. Its flexibility means it is cable of projecting large distances without having to alter the projector’s position in the room. The projector uses a 2.06 zoom powered lens with a wide shift range which removes the requirement for additional platform extensions in ceiling mounts. A built-in RF transmitter provides further installation flexibility with a strong wireless signal for wider coverage.
Sony is also introducing a new 3D, 1080p projector, the VPL-HW55ES, which is an update to the VPL-HW50ES, which was announced last year. It is specified at 1,700 ANSI lumens and 120,000:1 contrast radio and has an approximately 5,000-hour lamp life.