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Sony launch three new projectors at IFA 2015

Including one with HDR support

by Mark Hodgkinson Sep 2, 2015


  • Sony has announced three new home cinema projectors at IFA 2015, including the VPL-VW520ES which is HDR capable.
    All three new projectors will be available in white, in addition to black, following the request from customers around Europe, and to suit a wider range of installation environments such as living room settings.

    The new projectors include the VPL-VW520ES and VPL-VW320ES, which deliver native 4K resolution and are the successors to Sony’s hugely popular VPL-VW500ES and VPL-VW300ES projectors, and a new long-lasting lamp gives both up to 6,000 hours of performance, with high brightness and high contrast for even more vibrant images.

    Additionally, the VPL-VW520ES is compatible with HDMI input of HDR (High Dynamic Range) content with a claimed 300,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.

    The new VPL-VW520ES and VPL-VW320ES use advanced SXRDTM panels for a native 4K picture with, and we quote, “no artificial manipulation of pixels.” – A bit of a jibe there Sony! Rich and accurate colour reproduction is ensured by Sony’s proprietary TRILUMINOSTM engine design, and Motionflow picture technology also serves to deliver clearer, less blurry images when watching fast-paced, cinematic action.

    Both new models allow users to enjoy up-to-date 4K content services through the latest connectivity options in the latest HDMI standard (up to 4K 60p YCbCr 4:2:0 / 8-bit) and HDCP 2.2. A built-in RF 3D transmitter makes it easy to provide further adaptability with a strong wireless signal for wider coverage and 3D synchronisation stability.

    There are also comprehensive calibration controls, allowing adjustment of the hue, saturation, and brightness of each colour and the colour space for red, green, blue respectively, to their desired level.

    These new 4K projectors from Sony demonstrate our commitment to the native 4K resolution and HDR imagery, which guarantees the most immersive cinematic experience. Our projectors further support this through SXRD technology to achieve high-resolution images without the need to compromise between deep contrast and motion capabilities. We want our customers to enjoy true 4K, whether it is in a dedicated dark room or a living room,” said Thomas Issa, Product Manager at Sony Professional Europe. “But it’s not only about what’s on the inside any more. We now offer these devices in white to suit the needs of modern installation scenarios, which often mean the projectors are features of their rooms, rather than being hidden away out of sight. For us, the technology and design go hand in hand to provide the true home cinema experience.”


    The new VPL-HW65ES also launches at IFA, using SXRD panel technology and 2nd generation Reality Creation for a Full HD home cinema experience at a lower price point. The VPL-HW65ES also benefits from Sony’s 6,000 hour long-lasting lamp, a built in RF 3D transmitter and a USB update function to keep the device’s firmware up-to-date with the latest software releases. IP control gives the projector versatile home automation compatibility, which combines with its compact size and front exhaust for a range of flexible installation solutions.

    Pricing and availability details to follow.

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