The VPL-XW6000ES is a native 4K home theater projector with a retail price of $12,000. The XW60000ES has a rated brightness of 2500 and like the models in Sony's current Home Theater Projector lineup, it utilizes a Z-Phosphor laser light source that can provide up to 20,000 hours of nearly maintenance-free operation.
There are three models in Sony's new XW series lineup of 4K SXRD projectors. We have already reviewed the VPL-XW7000ES and VPL-XW-5000ES and we were pleased with both models' performance. We gave the VW7000ES our Premium Home Theater due to class-leading picture quality.
The VPL-XW5000ES ($6000 MSRP) is the least expensive native 4K three-chip projector available today. It's one of my favorite projectors, which is why I gave it a Hot Product Award. While the XW5000ES is a great projector, there are plenty of good reasons to step up to the XW6000ES.
The VPL-XW6000ES is available in White and Black. Sony provided me with a white version of the projector. Since most premium home theater projectors are utilized in dark rooms, their chassis are often black. However, in some situations, a white projector case can help the device blend in better with the surroundings. For example, if the projector is mounted on a white ceiling or placed on a white wall, a white case can make it less noticeable and visually intrusive during the day.
|Sony VPL-XW6000ES Specs|
|Technology||3 Chip SXRD|
|Displayed Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|Brightness (Manufacturer Claim)||2500 ANSI Lumens|
|Light Source||Z-Laser Phosphor|
|Zoom Lens Ratio||2.14:1|
|Lens Shift||Vertical +/-85% / Horizontal +/- 36%|
|Lamp Life||20,000 Hrs|
|Warranty||Three (3) Years|
All Sony 4K Home Theater projectors utilize a three-chip 4K SXRD imaging system, similar to those found in Sony 4K cinema projectors in the world's leading movie theaters. However, the new XW Series projectors, including the XW6000ES, employ the newly developed version of Sony's SXRD panels.
Previously, all Sony 4K SXRD projectors utilized 0.74-inch SXRD imagers, which had a native resolution of 4096 x 2160. The XW6000ES uses newly developed 0.61-inch SXRD panels that offer high native contrast and native 4K UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160 while being more compact.
Most 4K consumer displays have a native resolution of 3840 x 2160 with a 16:9 aspect ratio, whereas the previous Sony SXRD resolution was 4096 x 2160, resulting in an aspect ratio closer to 17:9. This meant that about 7% of the pixels on the older SXRD imager were not utilized most of the time, resulting in unused resolution and brightness.
The new SXRD panels in the XW6000ES can accurately reproduce all 8.3 million pixels in 4K UHD SDR and HDR content, resulting in no wasted resolution or brightness. The dynamic contrast of the projector is nearly infinite, thanks to its ability to modulate the laser light source precisely.
The new three-chip imaging system used in the XW6000ES is smaller, which reduces the size of the lenses and results in a more compact chassis. The XW6000ES is nearly 30% smaller and 20% lighter than the VW915ES while delivering 20% more brightness.
The XW6000ES uses the X1 Ultimate video processor, which has been optimized for projector applications. The X1 Ultimate was first introduced in Sony's flagship 4K SXRD projector, the VPL-GTZ380.
This processor allows precision frame-by-frame picture analysis for both SDR and HDR, enabling features such as Dynamic HDR Enhancer and Reality Creation. Dynamic Contrast Enhancer improves the picture quality of HDR content. This technology analyzes HDR material frame by frame and applies a custom contrast curve based on what is on the screen at that time. The result is that bright scenes are brighter, dark scenes are darker while still maintaining shadow detail and highlight information.
The XW6000ES supports both the HDR10 standard as well as HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma). While HDR content is growing in popularity, most of the content we're watching is still in either HD or 4K SDR, in addition, streaming is becoming the number one way that people view most of their material. This is where a great video processor helps separate one projector from another.
The X1 Ultimate also includes Dual Database video processing, which improves the picture quality of both HD and 4K HDR. Like all Sony projectors I've reviewed in the past, the XW6000ES did a great job upscaling HD content to 4K, and it delivered a clean noise-free image even when viewing challenging streaming material.
Sony has developed two new lens assemblies to complement the new SXRD imaging system found in the XW Series projectors. The standard lens is found on the XW5000ES, and it easily rivals the sharpness and clarity of their older VW series projectors like the VW325ES.
To compliment the new SXRD panels, the XW6000ES and its bigger brother, the XW7000ES, are equipped with a new ACF (Advanced Crisp Focus) lens. This lens assembly is a compact version of their outstanding ARC-F (All Range Crisp Focus) lens found on their older higher-end models.
The ACF lens is a floating lens system that includes extra low-dispersion (ELD) elements. This ensures optimal convergence of the red, green, and blue light, even at the extreme edges of the screen. The benefit is outstanding focus across the entire screen and significantly reduced chromatic aberration (color fringing).
If you plan on sitting close to a very large screen, you will definitely appreciate the additional sharpness of the ACF lens found in the XW6000ES. In addition to more clarity, the ACF lens ensures that the maximum amount of the laser light source’s brightness reaches the screen.
The new ACF lens used in the XW6000ES has a 2.14x zoom range and also has a large amount of horizontal and vertical lens shift which really simplifies installation.
The XW6000ES utilizes many of Sony's popular features and proprietary technologies discussed in great detail in our reviews of other Sony home theater projectors including the VW1025ES, VW915ES, and VW715ES.
Since many of the features and technologies found in Sony Home Theater projectors are common, you can find detailed information on them on our Sony Feature Explanation page. You can also click any bolded/highlighted terms in the article for a more detailed definition.
However, let’s quickly summarize some of the most notable Sony features found on the XW6000ES.
The XW6000ES utilizes a motorized lens assembly with Picture Positioning (lens memories). These Lens Memories offer the ability to save different motorized lens settings, like one for HDTV and one for widescreen movies. This is a useful feature for someone who opts for a 2.35:1 screen because they want to take advantage of the entire screen area when watching widescreen movies.
When used with a stationary anamorphic lens, the XW6000ES has several Aspect modes, including V Stretch and Squeeze, can properly display both widescreen and 16x9 content on a 2.35:1 screen.
To maximize the gaming experience, the XW6000ES includes a Low Latency Game Mode. When this mode is engaged, the projector switches off most of its video processing to dramatically reduce game lag.
According to Sony, the input lag is 27ms when playing 4K content at 60fps and only 16ms when gaming in Full HD at 120fps. We conducted tests and found that the input lag for 4K at 60fps was 28ms and 1080p at 120fps was 18ms. This level of performance is exceptional and should meet the needs of most gamers.
Unlike most flat panel TVs, the XW6000ES supports 3D. The projector’s built-in RF transmitter is compatible with third-party Active RF 3D glasses for wider coverage and greater stability.
The XW6000ES chassis measures approximately 18 inches wide, 8 9/32 inches high x 20 5/16 inches deep, and weighs about 31 pounds. While the XW6000ES is about 20% smaller and nearly 30% lighter than the Sony VPL-VW915ES sample I used as a reference unit, it is still much larger and heavier than most DLP-based home theater projectors.
The projector’s intake vents are on the front of the chassis, flanking the lens and sides of the unit. The exhaust vents are located along the rear. The large chassis provides space for larger fans, which can circulate a lot of air at slower speeds, reducing audible noise. We do not measure audible noise, but Sony claims 26 dB, which is significantly quieter than most projectors. Whether in a dedicated home theater or a media room, you will very unlikely notice the nicely low-pitched background fan noise.
When looking at the projector from the front, the inputs are on the lower left side, while the small control panel is on the upper left side of the chassis. The power connection is on the back of the projector on the lower right side. The XW6000ES also has dual 18Gbps HDMI inputs, which is more than enough bandwidth to support 4K@60P HDR with 10bit color. If you are into gaming and desire high frame rate playback with low input lag, the projector's HDMI inputs also support 1080@120p.
When looking at the projector from the front, the inputs are on the lower left side, while the small control panel is on the upper left side of the chassis. The power connection is on the back of the projector on the lower right side.
The XW6000ES includes Sony’s standard backlit projector remote control with all their consumer 4K projectors. Since it is bigger than many projector remotes, the buttons are large and well-spaced. You can use dedicated buttons to switch between the Calibrated Picture Presets quickly.
To make quick, fine adjustments to the image, there are buttons to directly access many picture quality settings, including MotionFlow, Color Temp, and Gamma Correction. Direct access to the HDR Contrast Enhancer via a dedicated button is especially useful when viewing HDR materials. It’s quick and easy to switch between the High, Mid, and Low settings to adjust the look of HDR content.
The XW6000ES is equipped with a 2.14:1 motorized ACF zoom lens which is center-mounted. When it comes to placement flexibility, the XW6000ES offers a lot of zoom range compared to most home theater projectors, whose zoom lenses usually range between 1.1:1 to 1.6:1, depending on the brand and model.
The ACF lens used in the XW6000ES offers motorized focus and zoom as well as plenty of horizontal and vertical lens shift. Having a large amount of zoom and shift capability makes installation a breeze, especially when you are trying to replace an older unit that was previously fixed-mounted.
|Throw Distance for a 16:9 Screen|
|80 inches||93" (2350 mm)||202" (5150 mm)|
|100 inches||117" (2960 mm)||254" (6460 mm)|
|120 inches||141" (3560 mm)||305" (7770 mm)|
|150 inches||176" (4470 mm)||383" (9730 mm)|
|200 inches||236" (5990 mm)||511" (13000 mm)|
|Throw Distance for a 2.35:1 Screen|
|80 inches||92" (2330 mm)||200" (5100 mm)|
|100 inches||116" (2930 mm)||251" (6390 mm)|
|120 inches||139 (3530 mm)||302" (7690 mm)|
|150 inches||175" (4430 mm)||379" (9630 mm)|
|200 inches||234 (5930 mm)||506" (12860 mm)|
Properly aligning the image to a screen can sometimes be challenging. Lens shift enables users to shift the projected image along the horizontal and vertical axis without changing the angle relationship between the projector and the screen – eliminating the need to physically move the entire projector and allowing successful installation in spaces with limited placement options.
In my media room, horizontal/vertical lens shift is an absolute must-have. The XW6000ES features a motorized lens shift that can be adjusted vertically (±85%) and horizontally (±36%), which is a wider range than most home theater projectors on the market. Lens shift is a feature that assists in properly aligning the projector’s lens with the screen.
It is far easier to correctly mount or position a projector for optimal image quality with lens shift than without. A large amount of zoom and lens shift capability makes installation a breeze, especially when replacing an older, previously mounted unit.
The XW6000ES also includes Picture Positioning, which is motorized lens memory. While this feature isn't a big deal for viewers who only watch HDTV on a 16:9 screen, many movies are shot in a wider aspect ratio. Lens Memory means having motorized lens functions and the ability to save different settings, for example, a setting for HDTV and one for widescreen movies. This feature is beneficial and works fairly well. However, I did notice that the memories are not 100% precise, so you may feel the need to do some fine-tuning of focus, zoom, and shift may be needed switching between memories settings.
Despite using a new chassis, the XW6000ES still employs the same menu system that Sony has been using for their home theater projectors for several years. While Sony has not made any significant changes to the appearance of the menus, they add new menu items to control any additional features or capabilities as needed.
The higher-end model projectors have more menus due to their additional features. For instance, the XW6000ES, which offers Lens Memory support, has menus dedicated to Lens Memory, whereas the manual lens equipped XW5000ES does not. Although the type is slightly smaller, it is still easily readable from a normal seating distance. Overall, the menus are well-designed and organized.
Above are images of various videos in SDR and HDR. Like all our photos, they remain unadjusted for color, so they do not look as good as what the projector produced. All the HD and 4K images were taken with the XW6000ES set to REFERENCE (one of the most color-accurate picture preset modes).
Like previous Sony projectors that I have reviewed, I was impressed with the outstanding picture quality of the XW6000ES right out of the box. Many projector manufacturers will sacrifice color reproduction for the highest brightness specification possible. I have reviewed projectors where the unit's brightest picture modes are entirely unusable.
All the picture modes found on the XW6000ES looked pretty good, and the REFERENCE, IMAX ENHANCED, and USER picture modes were only a few hundred degrees off my color temperature target of 6500K.
You can switch to BRIGHT TV or BRIGHT CINEMA to combat higher ambient light. While these picture modes are not that much brighter than the other modes, they are slightly oversaturated with a cooler color temperature, which makes images look brighter and more vibrant under moderate room lighting.
Like other Sony home theater projectors, I would be satisfied with the picture quality of the XW6000ES whether it was calibrated or not. However, I did take the time to measure the projector’s picture modes and calibrate its USER Mode.
Since your room and screen material has a major impact on the overall picture, we don’t recommend using someone else calibration adjustments. If your room is brighter/darker or your walls are a different color, copying someone else results can cause more harm than good.
If you would like to make some quick adjustments to improve the picture quality of your projector in your room, check out our video called Optimize The Image of a Projector or TV Using Free Murideo Test Patterns
However, below are the before and after calibration results in my room. To test, measure and calibrate the Sony XW6000ES, we used Portrait Displays Calman color calibration software.
Pre-calibration, the XW6000ES picture quality was very good. The USER picture mode had a measured color temperature of 7106K which was close to my target. Like a lot of projectors that utilize blue laser phosphor light sources, the color temperature of the XW6000ES was cool, with a heavy emphasis on blue/green at higher brightness levels.
The measured Gamma was 1.85, which is brighter than my target of 2.2. This resulted in blacks looking grey in a dark room.
I switched the COLOR TEMPERATURE setting from D65 to Custom 3. Using the 2-point RGB BALANCE adjustments, I increased the RED GAIN to produce a good white balance and bring the color temperature much closer for my 6500K target.
The achieve my gamma target of 2.2 in my room, I set the GAMMA CORRECTION to 2.4. The XW6000ES offers CMS adjustments, but after the projector’s RGB Balance has been adjusted. there isn’t really a need to utilize them.
Delta E as a measure of grayscale/color accuracy of 3 and under, is considered ‘Excellent’ and imperceptible by the human eye. After calibration, the XW6000ES had an average Grayscale dE of 1.1 and an average Color Tracking dE of 0.62, which are both outstanding.
Like most Sony Home Theater projectors, once the white balance is accurately adjusted for SDR, those adjustments work great for HDR as well. This really made calibration quick and easy, and I could do it in an hour or so. This speaks volumes to the time and effort that Sony puts into these projectors to ensure that they look really good out of the box so you don't have to spend a ton of time trying to correct things that should have been done at the factory.
The colors and skin tones looked great when I turned the projector on. While there was some improvement to the picture after calibration, the difference was not massive. I continue to be impressed with the out-of-the-box color reproduction of Sony home theater projectors. Great blacks and accurate colors are some of the main reasons why Sony projectors command a premium price. Most customers would be happy with the picture quality of the XW6000ES whether it was calibrated or not.
However, if you're already spending $12,000 for a projector of this caliber, why would you not spend a few hundred dollars more to make sure the image is optimized for your room environment? Once the XW6000ES is calibrated, the unit’s Auto Calibrate feature, combined with its Z-Phosphor light source, ensures that the XW6000ES will deliver “calibrated” color accuracy for several years.
The Sony VPL-XW6000ES has a rated brightness of 2500 ANSI lumens. I set the projector to IMAX ENHANCED Mode (the brightest mode) and I took 3-4 readings about 15-20% out from the center of the lens.
Sony XW6000ES Brightness (IMAX Enhanced mode, Lamp Control High): 2483 Lumens
At wide zoom, IMAX Enhanced Mode.
The XW6000ES measured 2483 lumens which matched Sony’s rated brightness of 2500 lumens. You will find the XW6000ES more than bright enough for viewing SDR and HDR content on a 165” screen in a dark room.
Sony VPL-VW6000ES Brightness
|Picture Mode||Brightness Measured (ANSI Lumens)||Color Temperature|
|Cinema Film 1||2476||7025K|
|Cinema Film 2||2463||7068K|
When matched with a 120” ambient light rejecting screen, 2500 ANSI Lumens is more than enough brightness to watch content under moderate ambient light. Even after SDR calibration, the XW6000ES still I still measured nearly 200 nits (cd/m2) off my 100" matte white screen, which is bright. Many projectors lose half of their rated brightness when calibrated, but XW6000ES maintained most of its pre-cal brightness.
Also, when viewing HDR content, the Dynamic HDR Contrast feature did an excellent job maximizing the brightness on the screen. The XW6000ES produced a brighter, more vibrant HDR image than many competitors’ projectors with higher rated/measured brightness.
While brightness is important, deep, accurate black levels separate a good home theater from a great one. If you compare two projectors with identical brightness, the one that can produce deeper blacks will deliver a higher perceived contrast. Very few projectors on the market can match the black level and native contrast of a Sony SXRD projector. While the new 0.61” SXRD panels are smaller than the older 0.74” units used in the older Sony projectors like the VW915ES, the black performance appears as good.
Combining the projector's high native contrast of the SXRD panels with a precisely modulated laser light output further improved the unit's outstanding black levels. I did most of my viewing with the DYNAMIC CONTROL set to Limited, which engages laser dimming. Not only were the blacks nice and deep, but subtle details in the shadows were also clearly visible.
Regarding native contrast, only a select group of projectors, like one of JVC's DILA projectors, can match a Sony 4K SXRD laser projector. It is doubtful that any single-chip DLP home theater projector can even come close. The XW6000ES rated brightness of 2500 lumens ensures combined with great black level, made images and colors pop, especially in a dark room.
Due to its native 4K UHD (3840x2160) SXRD panels combined with its ACF lens, the XW6000ES had no problem delivering sharp, detailed images from my 4K UHD Blu-day player and Kaleidescape. In addition to high-quality video content, I spent a lot of time viewing streaming content and live broadcast. Since most TV shows and live broadcasts are still produced in HD, good 4K upscaling continues to be critical.
Sony has over a decade of experience with 4K upscaling, so the XW6000ES does an excellent job, as expected. Video processing separates one video display from another because it significantly impacts things like 4K upscaling, visual contrast, color reproduction, and motion performance. The XW6000ES utilizes the best video called the X1 Ultimate, which ensured that everything I watched looked it's very best.
HDR content offers expanded color space with better highlight and shadow detail, but even the brightest HDR projectors can struggle to reproduce HDR faithfully. Since they lack the brightness range to accurately display consumer HDR material which is mastered for flat panel display, tone mapping is necessary. The goal of tone mapping is to squeeze as much of the HDR brightness information into the limited brightness range of a projector. However, tone mapping is a compromise between maintaining bright highlight details and delivering higher screen brightness.
If a projector with less brightness does a better job of tone mapping than a brighter projector, HDR will look better on the dimmer projector. This is one of the reasons why HDR content looks better on a 2500-lumen Sony XW6000ES than most competitors’ 3500-lumen home theater models.
The XW6000ES can produce about 93% of DCI-P3 color space, enough to make HDR colors appear rich and vibrant. The X1 Ultimate processor combined 2500 ANSI lumen of brightness, resulting in very good HDR reproduction. The Dynamic HDR Enhancer feature utilizes frame-by-frame analysis of HDR to deliver good full-screen brightness while still displaying a good amount of highlight detail.
When viewing most HDR material, I left the Dynamic HDR Enhancer set to LOW. However, there were times when viewing HDR mastered at a lower average frame level (brightness) where a quick adjustment was necessary. Switching the settings to HIGH increases onscreen brightness at the expense of clipping bright highlights. If you do want to adjust the Dynamic HDR Enhancer setting, you can quickly switch between levels with the press of a button on the remote control.
I have seen a lot of displays that look great on a test pattern but less appealing when viewing real-world HDR content. Many reviewers and enthusiasts have been pointing at test patterns and scenes and stating “it is bright and there is no clipping” to try to prove that one projector’s static or dynamic HDR tone mapping algorithm is better than its competitor.
Even though the XW6000ES utilizes frame-by-frame HDR analysis, sometimes brighter highlights are clipped. Sony believes this is necessary to keep most of the image on the screen as close to the director’s intent as possible. Remember, you can always adjust the HDR Contrast setting to restore any clipped highlight information.
Overall HDR looks better on VW6000ES than most competitors. Only JVC's latest 4K DILA models deliver an HDR image that rivals or exceeds the Sony 4K SXRD projectors. Utilizing an outboard video processor like a MadVR or a Lumagen would improve the HDR picture quality further but unless you are a serious videophile, the difference would not justify the cost.
While the Sony XW6000ES s does not include HDMI 2.1 inputs for gaming and 4K at 120 frames per second, it is still a great projector for casual gaming. The XW6000ES includes a Low Latency Game mode. When this mode is engaged, the projector switches off most of its video processing, dramatically reducing game lag. Sony quotes 21 milliseconds when playing content at 4K at 60 frames per second and just 13 milliseconds when gaming in HD at 120 frames per second. We measured 4K@60 at 25 milliseconds and 1080p@120 at 16 milliseconds, which is responsive enough to satisfy most gamers.
There's been a lot of hype about gaming at 4K at 120 frames per second. While theoretically, it's possible most gaming consoles just don't have the processing power to render games at that frame rate and resolution simultaneously. Also, most projectors that can support 4K@120 actually have a higher amount of game lag, than the XW6000ES. So you will probably get a better gaming experience and a more competitive gaming experience gaming in 1080P@120fps which the XW6000ES supports.
The XW6000ES produced close to its rated brightness of 2500 ANSI lumens, even in its most accurate picture modes. The projector's newly developed native 4K UHD SXRD panels delivered a sharp picture with black levels that easily matched previous Sony 4K SXRD projectors. Regarding native contrast and black level, very few home theater projectors, except for JVC DILA projectors, can match/beat the XW6000ES. I have never reviewed a single-chip DLP home theater projector that can even come close.
The X1 Ultimate video processor found in the XW6000ES did an excellent job of upscaling HD content. The video processor combines frame-by-frame signal HDR analysis and precise modulation of its 2500-lumen laser source to produce an excellent HDR picture. So, whether viewing HD, 4K, or HDR content, the picture quality delivered by the Sony XW6000ES was outstanding right out-of-the-box.
For nearly a year, I had the opportunity to use a VW915ES as my reference projector, so I am very familiar with their 2021 models. While the VW915ES is an excellent projector, the XW6000ES looks better due to its higher-quality ACF lens, better video processing, and additional 500 lumens brightness.
Compared to the lens used on the VW915ES, the ACF lens used in the XW6000ES is physically smaller, but it delivered a noticeable increase in clarity and edge-to-edge sharpness. While I didn’t have the opportunity to compare the XW6000ES with an ARC-F lens-equipped model like the VW1025ES, Sony says the optical quality is similar.
The XW6000ES, like most Sony SXRD projectors, includes several “installer-friendly” features, including a motorized lens with tons of zoom and lens shift, including position memories. Picture position memories are great for customers with masking screens or anyone who want to maximize the image size of 16:9 and widescreen on a 2.35:1 screen.
In addition, the XW6000ES has a large amount of zoom and horizontal/vertical lens shift capability, which makes installation a breeze, especially when trying to replace an older, previously mounted unit.
In addition to the XW6000ES, Sony is introducing two additional new laser-based 4K SXRD Home Theater XW Series models. While Sony has slimmed down their projector lineup slightly, they still offer a total of five 4K HDR home theater projectors, starting with the XW5000ES ($6,000 SRP) and moving up to the flagship GTZ380 which is $80,000 (minus the ARC-F Lens).
See below for a summary of the Sony 4K SXRD projector lineup for 2022.
The Sony VPL-XW5000ES ($6000 SRP), which replaces the VPL-VW325ES, is still the least expensive native 4K projector but like all the newly introduced models, it utilizes a laser light source and the X1 Ultimate video processor. Previously you would have to spend at least $20,000 to get a Sony Laser SXRD projector. Laser sources are now available on Sony models starting at just $6000.
Stepping up to the VPL-XW6000ES ($11,000SRP) adds a motorized ACF lens with picture position memories along with an additional 500 ANSI lumens of brightness. The XW6000ES retails for about a thousand dollars more than the lamp-based VPL-VW715ES, but the new model is 800 lumens brighter and includes a laser light source, upgraded lens assembly, and the more powerful X1 Ultimate video processor.
The XW7000ES retails for about $16,000 more than the XW6000ES. While both projectors' feature sets are nearly identical, XW7000ES delivers 700 ANSI lumens more brightness. While it seems like a lot of money for higher brightness, delivering high brightness while maintaining deep black levels and accurate color reproduction is challenging.
There is also a massive benefit when viewing HDR. Color volume is the combination of color gamut and brightness range, and one of the things that makes HDR look so much better than SDR is its massive amount of color volume. Brighter colors tend to look more vibrant and saturated.
The only projector in its price range that rivals the XW6000ES is the JVC NZ7 /RS2100, which retails for $11,000. The JVC offers features like 8K e-shift, HDR10+ compatibility, and 48Gbps HDMI 2.1 inputs for 8K@60fps and 4K@120fps playback.
While features like 8K@60fps and 4K@120fps look good on paper, it offers minimal benefit if you are a movie enthusiast. Movie buffs still love the cinematic look of 24-frame-per-second content, so 120fps is utilized in gaming and test footage.
Compared to the JVC NZ7, the XW6000ES is 300 ANSI lumens brighter while being much lighter and far more compact. When viewing SDR or HDR, both projectors delivered an outstanding image. Which unit looks best really comes down to personal preference. Regardless, any projector enthusiasts would be happy with either one.
So to summarize, I was very happy that Sony gave me the opportunity to review the XW6000ES. I had already reviewed the model below the XW5000ES s and the model above the XW7000ES. The XW5000ES is actually one of my favorite projectors. It is the least expensive three-chip native 4k laser projector on the market by far, so I was very curious to see if it was worth it to spend an additional $6,000 to step up from an XW5000ES to an XW6000ES.
Based on our time with the projector, the answer is yes. If you're looking for more brightness and you also want to utilize Sony's best optics for this type of projector, or the flexibility of motorized lenses with lens memories for an ultra-wide screen and you're interested in things such as 3D, the XW6000ES is an excellent option for you. Remember this projector still retails for about $8,000 less than what you would have paid for a Sony laser 4K projector just two years ago. So it's still an outstanding value so it is highly recommended.
|Projector Model||Sony VPL-XW6000ES|
|Imager Type||3 Chip 0.61-inch SXRD|
|Displayed Resolution||3840 x 2160 pixels|
|Native Resolution||3840 x 2160 pixels|
|Brightness (Manufacturer Claim)||2500 ANSI lumens|
|Light Source Type||Z-Laser Phosphor|
|Light Source Life||20,000 hours (ECO)|
|Contrast Ratio||∞ : 1 (Dynamic)|
|Zoom Lens Ratio||2.14:1|
|Lens Shift||Vertical +/- 85 %, Horizontal +/- 36 %|
|Native Aspect Ratio||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|DVI or HDMI||Yes|
|Noise Level (-db)||26 dB|
|Low Lag Gaming||Yes|
|Special Features||Picture Positioning, Game Mode|
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||18 1/8 inches x 8 9/32 inches x 20 11/32 inches|