Updated to cover UK launch event and video interview. We get our first chance to see JVC's new native 4K laser projector in action and the results are suitably impressive.
JVC demo their new DLA-X5000 and DLA-X9000 projectors with e-shift4 and HDR.
At this year's IFA show we had a demo of Sony's latest Ultra HD 4K SXRD projector with support for HDR.
We take a tour of Sony's IFA 2015 stand to see their new 4K TVs and the line-up of HD and 4K projectors for 2015.
We take a first look at Sony's new VPL-VW300ES, the latest native 4K projector from the manufacturer to smash the ultra high resolution price barrier.
Sony brings 4K projection to the mass market with their impressive VW500
The vast majority of projectors use UHP bulbs to produce their light. These bulbs have a lifespan of 2,000-4,000 hours before they need replacing. LED bulb based projectors are now starting to appear on the market which offer in the region of 50,000 hours, which is pretty much the lifetime of the projector. There are also an increasing number of laser projectors coming to market, offering bright images right from switching on and much better life expectancy than UHP bulbs, with up to 30,000 hours before they dim.
You can buy a very good projector for as little as a few hundred pounds. Or you can spend significantly more with cinema level machines costing hundreds of thousands.
There are a number of different technologies used, the most popular being DLP, LCD, SXRD and D-ila.
Each technology used has pros and cons. For the best contrast and black levels look at D-ila followed by SXRD. For the best motion and sharpness look at DLP. For great colours and filmic images, look at the best LCD models.
The amount of ambient lighting can affect picture quality. The less ambient light, the better. The best D-ILA and SXRD models can produce spectacular cinema like depth, black levels and detail but require almost no ambient light. LCD and DLP models with brighter light output can handle the more traditional living room environment offering strong image quality even with more ambient light present.
Some of the most popular projectors come from JVC, Sony, Panasonic, Epson, Optoma, BenQ, Acer and Sim2.