Sony lowers barrier to entry for 4K HDR home projectors
4K projectors have historically been prohibitively expensive, but Sony is making strides to bring prices down. At the CEDIA 2017 exhibition this week, the company is expanding its home theater range with two new 4K, High Dynamic Range (HDR) projectors – including an entry-level model for under US$5,000.
Both of the new projectors are capable of displaying in 4K and HDR, bolstered by a feature called Reality Creation. Sony says this is designed to improve the crispness of native 4K images and better upscale content from regular old HD. On the outside, Sony says both models are compact, quiet and easy to install.
Sony calls the VPL-VW285ES an entry-level model. The projector can support 4K HDR signals at up to 60 frames per second with 10-bit depth, making it ideal for gaming or movies with higher frame rates. Sony's proprietary Triluminos technology is designed to reproduce color better, even in sunlight or bright light. Images can be created of up to 200 inches, and the operating lifetime of the projector is up to 6,000 hours.
The next step up is the VPL-VW385ES, a mid-tier projector boasting high brightness and a Dynamic Contrast ratio of 200,000:1, for deeper blacks and brighter colors. This model also packs a function called Picture Position Memories, which allows users to store sets of preferences like lens focus, zoom, aspect ratio and blanking, and recall them on demand.
Sony hasn't announced release dates yet, but the entry-level VPL-VW285ES is set to sell for $4,999.99, while the mid-tier VPL-VW385ES will cost $7,999.99. That's a fair bit cheaper than the $25,000 price tag attached to another 4K projector Sony announced earlier this year, but still about twice the price of Optoma's UHD60 offering.