I love getting my hands on serious – and pricey – home theater projectors like Sony’s brand new, laser light engine based VPL-VW885ES. With this launch, Sony now has a second projector at the $25,000 price point. Of course, it is a true 4K, supports High Dynamic Range – both the HDR10 standard that everyone doing HDR supports, but also HLG – Hybrid Log-Gamma, a second newer HDR standard, this one for 4K streaming – more on that later. This projector is loaded with features. It really performed beautifully in its brief visit here.
Sony delivered to us, in mid-August, a pre-production VPL-VW885ES 4K laser projector. They wanted one reviewer to have a close look at the projector in order to be able to have a review published simultaneously with Sony’s official announcement of the VW885ES. No problem, I agreed to the NDA (non-disclosure agreement), promising not to leak info about the Sony projector prior to September 6th – start of the CEDIA show. This particular Sony, I believe, will be at the show, either in Sony’s booth or in a shoot-out with some other projectors.
Background on this review: Most significantly, in terms of doing a projector review, Sony was giving me exactly 10 days with the projector – and that included two weekends. It arrived on a Friday, and Sony drove up from San Diego to retrieve it, Monday, a week later. With the short timeframe, it wasn’t practical to have it calibrated, nor did I consider that important: