Sony launch VPL-VW550ES 4K HDR Projector at IFA

It even has the ability for HLG

by Phil Hinton Sep 1, 2016 at 11:50 AM

  • Sony has enhanced its Home Cinema line-up with the addition of a new native 4K Home Cinema projector launched at IFA 2016.

    The VPL-VW550ES is the third model in Sony’s existing portfolio to support 4K HDR, showcasing the brand as the only company to have native consumer 4K projectors available at several price points. As demand for 4K HDR content continues to grow the VPL-VW550ES is future-proofed for the latest 4K standards, as well as compatible with HDR to get the very best out of today’s content.

    The VPL-VW550ES is another example of Sony’s commitment to bringing the most true to reality images and immersive experience to our customers”, said Thomas Issa, Product Manager at Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “4K HDR imagery is the closest representation of the reality our eyes see and home cinema fans will now be able to enjoy the very best picture quality on the new projector in a way they never have before. With 4K HDR, seeing truly is believing.”

    In addition to the compatibility with HDR used for Ultra HD Blu-ray and Over-The-Top content (OTT) services, Sony’s new Home Cinema projector will be compatible with Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) - used for future broadcasting services and user generated content - through a firmware update. By offering more realistic and stunning images for sports, live music and other TV programs, this will make the VPL-VW550ES fully prepared for the future.

    Much like its predecessor the VPL-VW520ES, the new model continues to offer viewers access to the latest 4K content services through the latest HDMI standard (HDR capability both for 4K 24p and 4K 60p) and HDCP 2.2 connectivity for both HDMI1 and HDMI2 terminals. 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.

    The projector will be available from October and the pricing is still to be confirmed. We will have a full hands-on demo with the projector later this week and here is the product page.

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