The Sony VPL-VW600ES: Why It Won
In this case our top award goes to a projector that’s actually junior to another projector that we would have included in this group, had we received it in time to review. Wait, let me start again.
Sony’s VPL-VW600ES is a true 4K projector, and that sets it apart, and in a most important way superior to every projector out there but one, and that would be Sony’s own VPL-VW1100ES. The VW600ES though is $14,999 compared to the $27,999 for it’s big brother. We will, I should note, be reviewing the VW1100ES shortly, and we had reviewed the VW1100’s predecessor the VW1000ES which is almost identical.
4K is what home theater enthusiasts should dream about, well, at least those into projectors. 4K may be a waste watching a 50” LCDTV from 14 feet back, but 4K let’s you watch a 125 inch image as close as 6 feet! Wow, massive immersion without the softness of 1080p. Oh, we enthusiasts are greedy, true 8K will be with us in perhaps 6 years (Japan is ramping to do regular 8K broadcast by 2020.)
All considered, though, the black levels are pretty good, at least as good as their HW55ES, but the 4K makes a world of difference. 4K, in this case, makes a lot more difference than further improving black level performance. Or, more simply stated, I loved having the VW600ES here, and could definitely be happy with it as my own projector!