Sony announces new line of "True" 4K HDR Home Theater projectors

Portable projectors are gaining momentum among consumers, with feature-rich projectors like Sony's new Xperia Touch portable projector allowing you to have your display on-the-go and register touch points on things like a table or wall surface. These advances are great, but some people may be wondering when more projectors will begin to offer 4K HDR standards without crushing your budget. It appears that Sony is closing in on a relatively affordable solution.

Announced yesterday via the company's own blog, Sony has revealed a new range of projectors that handle native 4K HDR standards. The VPL series has a wide range of pricing but all feature high-end specs, such as 200,000:1 contrast ratios, 6,000-hour bulb lifespan, 10-bit color depth (meets HDR standards), 200" screen throws, and relatively affordable price points. Sony's VPL series projectors are also quite compact, so you can tuck them away in the corners of your entertainment room rather easily.

Sony has been a big force in pushing for consumer-centric projectors with true 4K support. There are many "4K projectors" out there that are less expensive but sacrifice quality using a display technology called "simulated 4K", which acts similar to "super-sampling" that is found in some games these days but still don't throw an actual native 4K image.

If you're looking for a projector that beats any theater experience (and money is no object), Sony has also announced the VPL-VW885ES. This projector features 2,000 lumens of brightness, infinite dynamic contrast, laser lighting, "whisper-quiet performance", and 20,000 hours of bulb life. The VW885ES also supports dual 18 Gbps HDMI with HDCP 2.2 support. Check out Sony's own blog for more info on the VW885ES.

Sony's new VPL projectors vary in price as follows:

  • Sony VPL-VW285ES 4K HDR Home Theater Projector: $4,999.99 MSRP
  • Sony VPL-VW385ES 4K HDR Home Theater Projector: $7,999.99 MSRP
  • Sony VPL-VW675ES 4K HDR Home Theater Projector: $14,999.99 MSRP
  • Sony VPL-VW885ES 4K HDR Home Theater Projector: $24,999.99 MSRP

Should you be in the market for a 4K projector, Sony's new VPL series does offer you decent options. Of course, it is important to note that you won't be able to watch 4K content if you don't have a 4K Blu-Ray player. If you plan on purchasing a Sony 4K projector, consider bundling your purchase with a Blu-Ray player from Kaleidescope. Bundling the two together through Sony will net you ten UHD Blu-Rays (a $350 value) for free until March 2018.

Source: Sony

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