Published on October 3, 2013 11:18 AM

Sony Presents VPL-VW1100 and VPL-VW500 4K Projectors

Top-end projectors with top-end prices

Sony has updated its line of 4K video projectors for 2013. The VPL-VW1100 is a slightly revamped top-of-the-range model to replace the VPL-VW1000, whereas the VPL-VW500 brings a new lower-cost alternative to the line-up.

Sony VPL-VW1100 4K Projector For $28,000

Sony VP VW1100 4K

The VPL-VW1100 is a 4k projector (4096 x 2160 pixels) that uses an SXRD panel. Its main tech specs are inherited from Sony's previous 4K model, with brightness announced at 2,000 lumens and dynamic contrast at 1,000,000:1—although that's purely a marketing figure that won't be attainable in standard viewing conditions. Connections have been upgraded in this year's version, however, with two HDMI 2.0  ports replacing the HDMI 1.4 ports seen in the VPL-VW1000. This brings support for 60 Hz 4K input, opening up the way for 4K TV content and 4K 3D movies.

As with its 4K TVs, Sony is keen to plug this projector's upscaling functions to make up for the current lack of 4K content. Thanks to what Sony calls "Digital Reality Creation" technology, these projectors promise to deliver an enhanced image from Blu-ray or even DVD discs. We'll be keen to get a look at that function in action, as our first impressions of 4K upscaling in the Sony KD-55X9005A TV left some room for improvement. Other features include frame interpolation (which Sony usually does well), as well as a 2.1x motorised zoom, lens shift, an RS232 interface and control over IP.

The VW1100 has been announced with a US retail price of $28,000 (approx. £17,250) and is due to come bundled with a Sony 4K media player (FMP-X1) for accessing, downloading, storing and playing 4K content, as well as a tablet controller.

Sony VPL-VW500: "Low-Cost" 4K Projector at $15,000

Sony VP VW600 4K

Sony has also announced a lower-cost alternative to its top-end 4K projector. The VPL-VW500 boasts 4K resolution (4096 x 2160 pixels) with two HDMI 2.0 input ports, 4K upscaling and motion interpolation. However, its tech specs have been scaled back a little compared with the VPL-VW1100, with brightness announced at 1,700 lumens and contrast at 200,000:1.

The VW500 is due to sell in the US for $15,000 (approx. £9,300), but the media player and tablet bundled with the higher-end version will come as an add-on package costing an extra $1,000 (approx. £615).
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