Sony Upgrades 4K Home Theater Projectors

Sony CediaDuring CEDIA Expo, Sony demonstrated their newly upgraded reference standard and entry-level 4K home theater projectors.  The VPL-VW1100ES and VPL-VW600ES now feature Control over IP operation, and are also compatible with new installer calibration software, which takes full advantage of this capability, via a new PC application.

The VPL-VW1100ES delivers 2,000 ANSI-lumens and produces screen sizes up to 200-inches diagonally. It employs Sony’s Iris 3 technology and advanced SXRD panels which yields a high dynamic contrast. This projector offers a variety of installation options and includes dual triggers, a 2.1x motorized zoom, expanded lens shift, an RS232 interface, control over IP and compatibility with leading home automation systems.

The VPL-VW600ES projector boasts 1,700 ANSI-lumens of brightness and a 200,000:1 contrast ratio. Like the VPL-VW1100ES, it offers Full Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) 4096 x 2160 resolution. New features also include a front-exhaust, a 2.06x powered zoom lens, and a wide lens shift range. For 3D viewing, the VW600 includes a built in RF transmitter which conforms to the “Full HD 3D Initiative” industry standard and uses the same glasses as Sony’s 3D Bravia televisions.

In addition, Sony has partnered with Netflix and Amazon to increase the availability of 4K content for their TV and Projector customers.

The upgraded VPL-VW1100ES begins shipping this month at an MSRP of $27,999. The upgraded VPL-VW600ES will ship in November with an MSRP of $14,999.

Recent findings from an end user survey by PMA Research show that the availability of 4K content is hindering 4K adoption in the home. Sony’s efforts to make 4K content more readily available is a positive move.