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Sony VPL-VW600 ES 4K Projector: Hardware Tour

Posted on March 4, 2014 by Art Feierman
SONY VPL-VW600ES 4K PROJECTOR HARDWARE TOUR:  Overview, Control Panel, Inputs and Connectors, Menus

Hardware Overview: Sony VPL-VW600ES Projector

The VW600ES is a fairly large projector.  The 2.06:1 motorized zoom lens offers tremendous placement range.  This 4K projector's lens is center mounted and recessed.   The lens itself has a very healthy amount of vertical and horizontal lens shift, and offers lens memory, for working with Cinemascope shaped wide screens (typically 2.35:1 or 2.40:1).

The finish is a dark gray matte, with a coarse texture.  On the right side (if looking at the front of the projector), the control panel starts at the bottom by the front, and will be covered in depth, later on this page.

On the opposite side, recessed are all the inputs and connectors, starting by the back and working their way more than half way to the front.

Exhaust venting is found on the front to the left of the lens.  There are infra-red sensors both front and back for the backlit remote control.  The top (bottom when mounted) is blank, and curved, unadorned but for a Sony label.

It is one physically impressive looking projector.  That recessed lens with the gold trim and the solid look to the projector just screams out "I'm one serious projector."


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VPL-VW600ES Control Panel

Well camouflaged, the control panel is barely noticeable.   More so would ruin the "sleek, unadorned" look of the VPL-VW600ES projector.   From the front of the Sony, moving toward the back are the power switch (once for on, twice for off), followed by the input button.   Hitting it once brings up the input menu.  Each additional press toggles you through the choices.  Next comes the Menu button, and then another one of those Sony "micro" joystick/buttons, that Sony puts on all of it's LCoS (SXRD) projectors.

The square "button" rocks in up/down/left/right direction to allow full menu navigation.  Press the button straight in for the enter function.

Finally, the last button is the Lens button which, ultimately gives you control of focus, zoom and lens shift (in conjunction with the navigation joystick).  Note that you can go into the menus and turn off Lens Control, so that no one accidentally changes the setting.

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Inputs and Connectors - VPL-VW600 ES Projector

Let's run through all those inputs, starting toward the back.  For an expensive projector there are relatively few.

First up is the LAN connector, as the VW600ES has some standard networking capabilities.  Right next to it is a USB port, followed by HDMI 1 and HDMI 2.

Then comes an RS232 serial port with a DB9 connector, for command and control.  It's labeled Remote.

Speaking of remotes, the next jack over a small mini-jack allows for a hard wiring of the remote control.  That can be handy for setups where the projector is placed where it's awkward to reach with the remote (including rear screen setups).

Finally there are a pair of 12 volt triggers, who's function can be set from the menus.  For example you might use one to control a screen, and the other for an anamorphic lens.  (Not that  we feel you need an anamorphic lens for this projector, we favor using the Sony's built in Lens Memory).

That's it, pretty straightforward, no surprises.  The fact than connectors are recessed should help in having a clean looking install, as far as cabling goes.

Sony VPL-VW600ES Menus

We didn't take images of all of them, but these cover all the main menus, and many of the key secondary menus.

VPL-VW600ES Menu Slideshow

Picture Menu

This menu has multiple sub-menus, and controls most functions that affect the picture itself

Picture Mode

This menu shows all the picture preset modes, as well as User (used for post calibration)

Reality Creation - Detail Enhancment

Sony's very smart Reality Creation adds detail back in on 1080p content, and also can enhance true 4K content

Auto Iris Control

Select dynamic or manual, limit max brightness

Cinema Black Pro sub-menu

This menu hosts iris, contrast, and lamp controls

Dynamic Iris Control

This sub-menu is where you can engage dynamic iris, while limiting brightness

MotionFlow sub-menu

Smooth high frame interpolation recommended for movies, S. Low for other content. True Cinema for true 24fps

Color Temp controls

In addition to standard color temps, there are 5 settable Custom modes. Mike used #3.

Expert Controls

Noise reduction and other functions including color space

Grayscale color temp settings

This sub-menu is where calibration settings for grayscale go.

CMS Adjustment

For calibration of primary and secondary colors

Gamma Controls

Sony offers six typical presets, including 2.2, plus four "non-linear" choices

Sony's Auto Calibration menu

Select this to enter submenu to calibrate

Auto-calibrate sub-menu

Pre-Check, then Adjust. Sony describes as a coarse control

Picture Position and Aspect Ratio

Enough said!

3D Settings Menu

Additional settings appear when 3D content is present

3D Settings - a sub-menu

When content is 2D, option to convert to 3D

Setup Menu

Choose menu language, position, altitude cooling, power saving, lamp reset, more

Information Menu

Nothing to adjust, just projector info and source info

Installation Menu

Lock lens control, flip image, function of 12v triggers, Panel alignment, Blanking (instead of overscan), networking

Networking Sub-menu

Very standard networking area

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