The VW995ES excels at just about everything picture wise and is full of great features. Its best modes are very close to calibrated color, without any adjustment at all, assuring viewers great color. Add to that excellent black level performance and sharpness that is very natural looking.
ARC-F lens is a significant upgrade in optical quality compared to the otherwise very good lenses used on Sony’s other, less expensive native 4K projectors. Without getting too far ahead of myself in this review, let’s say that in this case, the lens not only brings extra sharpness to a native 4K design but, offers additional clarity.
The VW995ES has 18Gbps speed HDMI inputs, which is fast enough to support 4K HDR content.
The most notable features of this projector are:
- Laser Light Engine and Dynamic Iris - One of the four Sony laser projectors that has both the dynamic laser function and a mechanical dynamic iris. This combination results in one of the best overall black level performances of any projector.
- ARC-F Lens - The ARC-F lens is Sony’s premium projector lens which produces clearer, more "transparent" pictures. The ARC-F ensures outstanding focus was excellent across the entire screen and significantly reduce chromatic aberration (color fringing). If you are projecting onto a massive screen, it is worth the premium to be able to extract every ounce of detail for the 4K SXRD panels.
- Native 4K Resolution - Sony VW915ES uses Sony’s 4K SXRD (4096 x 2160) panels. Since this is a native 4K unit, unlike a 2K pixel shifting projector, it can faithfully reproduce all 8.8 million pixels found in 4K cinema content. The VW915ES uses the same type of 3 chip 4K SXRD imaging system used in Sony 4K cinema projectors found in the world's best movie theaters. It increases contrast, color depth and minimizes the “screen door effect” (blocky image distortions) compared to most 3LCD projectors.
- Motorized Lens With Memories - The VW915ES has motorized horizontal/vertical lens shift and zoom. Picture Positioning memories allows the ability to save different motorized lens settings, like one for HDTV and one for widescreen movies. This is a useful feature for someone who opts for a 2.35:1 screen because they want to take advantage of the entire screen area when watching a widescreen movie.
If you are looking for one of the best pictures available on the market, this projector might just be for you. The projector's ARC-F lens delivers an unparalleled level of clarity, and it provides an image that just looks clearer than other projectors – not necessarily sharper, just more real, more there, more looking through a window, than looking at a display.
It's loaded with features, including several mentioned above as well as it was one of the first projectors to be IMAX enhanced. Right out-of-the-box you will be delighted by the super sharp image and outstanding color. Add to that excellent black level performance. Consider that, only the top of the line JVC or the new Sony VW915ES might rival or beat this Sony, but it’s likely that nothing else even comes close.