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Outstanding Projector of the Year – Sony VPL-VW1000ES

Greetings all,

Sony VPL-VW1000ES - a True 4K Projector for Home Theater

The title says it all!

After almost 6 weeks with the Sony VPL-VW1000ES, first, I have say, no question:  The VPL-VW1000ES is definitely, by my taste, the best Home Theater – or perhaps I should say, Home Cinema projector I have had the opportunity to review.  Now, I confess, this is a $24,999 projector so expectations were high going in.  We’ve only reviewed a half dozen projectors to date, over $10,000, including this Sony, a couple of SIM2′s and a few Runcos in the $20K+ range, but overall, none really compare, as good as they all are.

First, you get true 4K capabilities, with true, 4K LCoS panels.  Right now, you can only view hi-res photos at 4K, but 4K is coming.  Sony, CNET says, is working with the Blu-ray folks to finalize a 4K standard so they can release the new Spiderman in 4K.   Then, there’s 3D too.

Blacks are stunning (iris based, but this projector can definitely go as black on blacks as any JVC, and probably better.  The projector calibrates really well, and produces almost 1200 lumens calibrated.  Now that’s impressive and it translates to the ability to work with very large screens – say up to about 150″ diagonal.

So prep your home theater for a whole new level of performance.  Read the full review here.

The review has lots of images taken of various movies and other content upscaled to 4K using Sony’s Reality Creation engine.  There’s even a few images in true 4K, with some highly cropped closeup looks at the fine resolution.

Enough said!  -art

News And Comments

  • Matt

    This projector sounds amazing. We are a high end Custom home theater install Company in Winnetka, IL. One of the highest per capita incomes in the state. We have not yet seen this projector, but we are anxious to get this into the mix for one our installs.

    Matt@Winnetka Custom Home Theaters

    • Lisa Feierman

      Hi Matt, Well, when you find the right clients, for one, point them to my review. I’m certainly sold on it. It should sell them, too. -art

  • Lura Loyal

    Nice info! Waitin’ for a sequel!

  • Troy

    Hello Art,

    Just wanted to let you know I’ve been a fan of the site for many years.

    Question: The server that Sony provided for this review was hooked up to the PJ with just one (1) HDMI cable? Also, I don’t know if you had the opportunity to examine in detail the contents of the server, but can you say what the file format was and the bit rate of the material?

    Thanks, excellent reviews.

    PJ enthusiast

    • Lisa Feierman

      Darn Troy! Great questions and I wasn’t really paying attention. I would expect that the train content was 24 but it’s been so long. The 3D content was 48 I believe for the Spiderman 3 trailer… the slide show stuff (stills) – no idea. Same with file formats. Six weeks ago I might have remembered. I will ask Sony, they can probably answer all of these questions. -art