Two New 4K Projectors From Sony

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Sony’s newest native 4K (4096 x 2160) home cinema projectors use technology developed for its BRAVIA TV range.

The VPL-VW890ES and VPL-VW290ES are powered by Sony’s X1 TV processor, which has been optimised for projectors.

They will go on sale next month, the former for $43,000 and the latter, which will be available in black and white models, for $10,000.

According to the media release, the X1 for projector combines innovative technologies for high-precision frame analysis, enabling unique features like Dynamic HDR Enhancer and Reality Creation.

The VPL-VW890ES  2,200lm laser model with premium All-Range Crisp Focus (ARC-F) lens and VPL-VW290ES  1,500lm lamp model offer immersive viewing experiences that deliver the creator’s true intent with real-world detail and texture in the best contrast for the consumer, integrator, and custom installation (CI) channels.

“Whether experiencing movies or plunging into a game, customers are increasingly looking to enjoy immersive entertainment experiences from their own homes,” Anna Tan, Home Cinema Product Manager for Sony Australia & New Zealand, says.

“Sony’s native 4K SXRD projectors have been leading the way in providing these experiences for nearly a decade. Today we are pleased to announce two new exciting additions to our market leading line-up of home cinema projectors,”

“With the introduction of the VW890ES and VW290ES, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to developing solutions that provide big screen and dynamic viewing experiences in the home.”

VPL-VW890ES & VPL-VW290ES (Shared features)

  • Dynamic HDR Enhancer: Due to the processing power of the newly installed X1 for projector, further detailed analysis is performed and HDR enhancement power has increased compared to previous models. This enhanced HDR feature analyses each scene to deliver the best contrast performance when viewing HDR content, making the bright scenes brighter and the dark scenes darker. The dynamic range of contrast and brightness is further expanded by linking with the laser and iris.

  • Sony’s Unique Super Resolution “Reality Creation” Technology: the X1 for projector picture processor analyses each scene to enrich 4K content and real-world detail and texture. Even content filmed in 2K or Full HD is upscaled close to 4K.

  • Native 4K SXRD panel: Both models offer 4096 x 2160 4K resolution images with 8.8 million pixels for an incredibly lifelike picture. With rich, inky blacks, as well as clear cinematic motion and image smoothness, these projectors can reproduce vibrant colours with more tones and textures than a standard projector system.

VPL-VW890ES (Key Feature)

  • Edge to Edge Image Quality: The VPL-VW890ES uses an ARC-F lens which delivers pristine image quality across the entire screen. This large-aperture lens adopts an all-glass design for its 18 elements, including six extra low dispersion (ELD) elements. This ensures optimal convergence of the red, green, and blue primaries, even at the extreme edges of the screen, ensuring a clear and vivid image wherever you look.

The VPL-VW890ES and VPL-VW290ES replace the VPL-VW870ES and VPL-VW270ES respectively. The VW890ES & VW290ES also feature input lag reduction mode, which Sony claims “dramatically improves” the performance of the display reaction speed for gamers.

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