Review: Sony VPL-VW1000ES Projector
4K projectors are just beginning to hit the home theater world, and one of the most anticipated is the new Sony VPL-VW1000ES. It’s a true 4K resolution model, and also does 3D (but only with run-of-the-mill 3D, not at 4K).
Home Theater’s Thomas Norton got his hands on one and had a lot to say:
“Things could hardly be looking better for the video projector fan. The quality you can get today for under $10,000—or even under $5,000—is astonishing.
But the competition is fierce, and to stand out in the crowd, manufacturers are constantly on the lookout for the next big thing. True, 3D is still on its run as the NBT of the decade. Beyond that, 4K video lurks, waiting for its time in the spotlight.
What is 4K video? It’s a format that can display a maximum resolution of 4096×2160, or sometimes 3840×2160, otherwise known as Quad HD. The former has a total pixel count of 8,847,360—more than four times the resolution of our current HDTV maximum of 1920×1080.
4K has shown up in dream displays at a number of recent trade shows, but at the 2011 CEDIA Expo, two manufacturers showed actual products that should be on the market by the time you read this. JVC announced new projectors in which conventional 1920 x 1080 LCOS chips, together with a pixel-shifting technology (which the company calls e-Shift), produces what it claims is a convincing replication of true 4K performance from current HD sources. Although we can’t fully comment yet on the effectiveness of the simulation, the upside is that JVC has added e-Shift to its top two projectors at about the same price as last year’s models, as low as $8,000. The downside is that these will not accept native 4K source material—although such content isn’t readily available to consumers apart from a few short clips on the Internet and the 4K still photos from digital cameras or the Sony PS3 game console, which has been updated to include a 4K slide viewer.”
Read the full review here at Home Theater.