While the VW715ES retails for around $10,000, its picture quality was close to the VW915ES for half the price. It is a great value, but you will still have to deal with bulb replacements.
I have yet to find a single chip consumer 4K DLP projector that could come close to the color fidelity, native contrast, and black levels of a good LCoS projector like the Sony VW715ES. It is not even a fair fight as Sony 4K SXRD projectors are in another league. If you have the budget to step up from a 4K DLP projector to a 4K LCoS projector like a Sony 4K SXRD unit, you should absolutely do it.
Epson makes some great 4K e-shift projectors like the LS10500 ($7,999), which offers the benefits of a laser light engine, including low maintenance and long life. However, the Epson lacks the resolution or HDR performance of the VW715ES.
The JVC NX7 /RS2000 ($8,999.95) is the only comparable native 4K LCoS Home Theater model near the price point of the VW715ES. The JVC has a higher rated contrast, delivers native 4K resolution, and includes dynamic HDR analysis/tone mapping for $1,000 less.
Does the enhanced video processing provided by the projector optimized X1 processor make the Sony worth its $1,000 price premium? Hopefully, I will be able to compare both units side-by-side, so be on the lookout for that review coming soon!
For customers with smaller budgets, Sony also offers the VW295ES ($5,000 SRP), which is a lamp-based projector. The VW295ES lacks a dynamic Iris and does not have the X1 processor or the HDR Contrast Enhancer feature. Those three features make the VW715ES worth the extra money.
While the VW715ES does command a premium price over a 4K DLP projector, its outstanding SDR and HDR picture quality and features make it a great option for any movie enthusiast who can afford it.