Projector Reviews

Sony VPL-VW385ES True 4K Projector – Video

The Sony VPL-VW385ES is a 1,500 lumen, SXRD (3) projector with true 4K resolution. The VW385ES is intended more for a dedicated home theater environment rather than a living room or media room. This Sony replaces the old VW365ES, giving significant improvement in many ways, including the addition of a Dynamic Iris, Lens Memory, and optical performance improved with changes to the lens and light path. More information on the specifics of these features is available in Art’s full review.

The Sony VPL-VW385ES has native 4K resolution – this is no pixel shifter, it’s the real deal. With 4096 x 2160 pixels, your 4K content will look impressively sharp. It has support for the expanded color space, P3/BT.2020, as well as HDR, to give your 4K UHD movies and 4K video games that extra pop and wow associated with HDR, and make the image look as close to cinema quality as you can get for under $10K.

The video features video clips from “Ultimate Wave Tahiti” by Stephen Low Productions and photos of the projector in action. The video clips give a little taste of what the projector can do – Sony is the one manufacturer whose projectors we rarely have to calibrate, having such excellent color right out of the box. Check it out to see if this projector is right for you, and keep a lookout for our upcoming review!

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  • $7,999 List Price
  • SXRD (3) Projection Technology
  • True 4K Resolution (4096 x 2160)
  • 1,500 Lumens
  • 200,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • Very Good Lamp Life
  • Vertical and Horizontal Keystone Correction
  • 06:1 Manual Zoom
  • Dynamic Iris for Improved Black Level Performance
  • Motorized Lens Functions – Focus, Zoom, Lens Shift, and Lens Memory
  • Many Color Modes, All With Great Color
  • Full Calibration Controls
  • Incredibly Sharp Image
  • Good Remote Control
  • Nicely Quieter Than Most


From the Editor: This video was created as a brief overview of the Sony VPL-VW385ES projector. It was edited and produced by Nikki Kahl and features Art Feierman, editor of

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