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Sony VPL-VW1100ES 4K Projector - Summary Page 2

Posted on November 22, 2014 by Art Feierman
VPL-VW1100ES 4K PROJECTOR SUMMARY Page 2:  Features, The Bottom Line, Pros and Cons

VPL-VW1100ES Features

Just a quick reminder of some of the advanced features, most of which have been previously mentioned

  • Reality Creation - enhances sharpness and detail
  • Motion Flow - CFI - creative frame interpolation
  • Panel Alignment - digitally compensates from any panel misalignment
  • HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 - supports the latest standards needed for Blu-ray HD and more
  • Advanced dynamic/manual iris - can be full dynamic, or limit maximum iris opening either manually, or in conjunction with dynamic usage
  • Extensive Color Space and Gamma presets
  • 3D - supports all the usual 1080p 3D standards (4K 3D is unknown)
  • Lens Memory - quickly toggle between 1.85:1 and 2.35:1, etc.
  • Hard wired Networking
  • Optional 4K media server and download service

Sony's VPL-VW1100ES Home Theater Projector - The Bottom Line

It's expensive, at least for most of us, at $27,999, but this Sony has the best picture I've ever seen.  Oh, I've been dazzled by 1080p 3 chip DLP's which have something special going for them - that elusive DLP look and feel, but at the end of the day, this Sony with 4K content is still going to be sharper and more detailed.  Further, it should match or beat just about every 3 chip DLP in terms of black level performance, giving the Sony a significantly more alive picture on those dark scenes.  In fairness I really don't get to see some of the most expensive Runcos and SIM2 projectors which can cost three or four times this Sony.  But, if your budget is less than the amount needed to buy a house, this Sony is likely the pinnacle of today's projectors.

What's most outstanding?  True, the 4K content is beautifully sharp, but it's really Sony's ability to pair the sharpness with some of the most gorgeous, most natural, and accurate looking color possible.  Yes we calibrated the projector to get that, but, who's not going to calibrate a projector this expensive?

Got the budget?  Got a proper room for a large screen - you can go smaller, but I'd think 120 to 150 inches diagonal is where you really want to be, and you could go larger, you've got the brightness, at least for 2D.

One thing.  The VW1100ES has internal IR support for 3D IR glasses.  I'd definitely recommend going for XPANDs RF 3D emitter which plugs right into the 3D sync jack on the Sony.  $200 for the emitter and some extra for RF glasses shouldn't damage your budget.  OK, the Sony comes with 2 pair of IR glasses, donate them to someone with an older Sony projector, that hasn't switched to RF.

Killer projector!  It has no serious competition, of course at 4K.  The only other 4K projector for sale in the US at this time is Sony's VPL-VW600ES, at $14,999.  There's not much comparison between them, though.  This Sony has far superior black levels, more placement flexibility, better optics and Lens Memory, to mention the most obvious things.   At the end of the day, though, it's the picture, and while the lower cost Sony is close at most things, on dark scenes, the VW600 has the black level performance of a good $3000ish 1080p projector.

The VW1100ES, though, is about as good as those black levels get, with the exception of some 1080p JVCs.  In other words, Sony's VW1100ES offers superior performance on dark scenes, along with spectacular color, accuracy, sharpness, and along with all of that, a natural look to color in general, and most notably skin tones.  Truly it's a "what's not to like" situation.  I think perhaps, buying one of these Sony's and setting up a room to enjoy it, is what equity lines were created for.  Sweet!  Or as my 22 year old daughter and her friends might say, while bending the english language:  "This is one sick projector."




  • True 4K
  • Gorgeous Picture
  • The sharpest image available today
  • Light canon brightness - over 1500 lumens calibrated
  • Excellent color right out of the box
  • Excellent black level performance and shadow detail
  • CFI - smooth motion, if and when you want it.
  • HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2
  • Dynamic iris, and can work manually, or work dynamically with a maximum brightness limit (for smaller screens)
  • 3D - IR, or optional RF glasses
  • Optional 4K media player and download service
  • Very good remote control
  • Nicely laid out menus
  • Three year warranty


  • Expensive - as the first great anything tends to be
  • Standard 3D emitter (built in) is IR, not RF (but RF available)
  • Only about 100 full length movies currently available on the 4K download service (but growing), but Blu-ray UHD is coming in 2015
  • Dynamic iris is smooth, but a second, faster iris algorithm would be an excellent addition, better on some content
  • Not very energy efficient - drawing over 400 watts at full power (but still much better than most LCDTV's if compared based on image size.
  • A silly thing - the lens and trim area is large and really impressive looking, but when the projector is off (and the lights on), they can't be seen, as the auto closing doors to protect the lens.
  • Lens memory works very well, but is on the slow side.  Also so far no one has figured out how to have lens memory auto change mid-movie if the movie changes the aspect ratio mid-film.  That calls for sensing, and fast speed.

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