The Sony VPL-VZ1000ES was the Best Performance Award winner in the $8,000+ class in last year’s Best Home Theater Projectors Report, and it’s no surprise that this year, it tied for Best Performance Award with the Sony VPL-VW885ES. This $24,995 true 4K projector is a unique breed, with a laser light engine and ultra short throw design. Its 2,500 claimed lumens makes this projector just as at home in your living room as it would be in your home theater – just pair the VZ1000ES with a proper ALR screen and you’re good to go.
That the Sony VPL-VZ1000ES can be used in rooms with less-than-ideal lighting conditions is a major plus in favor of this projector. Media rooms, master bedrooms, living rooms and family rooms could all make use of the Sony, and with the ultra short throw design, the projector can sit on a low table or credenza within inches of the screen, tucked out of the way. If you got custom work done, the projector could even be hidden from view completely, set into a cabinet.