IFA 2013: New 4K and 3D home cinema projectors from Sony


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VW500ES becomes World's first 4K Projector with HDMI 2.0

Today at IFA, Sony announced two new home cinema projectors - the 4K VPL-VW500ES and a Full HD 3D home projector, the VPL-HW55ES.

The VPL-VW500ES home cinema projector has been introduced to expand Sony’s 4K home cinema range. It will sit alongside the VPL-VW1000ES, and will obviously be priced lower than the flagship product.

The VPL-VW500ES offers DCI based 4096 x 2160 resolution using native 4K SXRD panels that utilise Sony’s 4K expertience from the professional digital cinema market.

In addition, the projector is equipped with HDMI 2.0 to accommodate 4K 50/60P content. The VPL-VW500ES also features 4K upscaling through the Reality Creation engine.

Furthermore, the VPL-VW500ES also features a special 4K up-scaling algorithm designed for “Mastered in 4K” Blu-ray Discs from Sony Pictures Entertainment, which, they say, enables the viewer to enjoy more accurate 4K native picture quality. We think that means it unlocks a wider colour gamut but that detail is not provided.


The VPL-VW500ES has a claimed 1,700 ANSI-lumen brightness and a 200,000:1 contrast ratio,and features Sony's TRILUMINOS display technology, an enhanced optical engine design and auto-calibration features. It will also feature a Colour Management System, and Motionflow frame interpolation.

The Full HD 3D VPL-HW55ES also has a claimed 1,700 ANSI lumen brightness and a lamp that Sony says will last for approximately 5,000 hours, due to its improved lamp cooling system.

The VPL-HW55ES has a built-in 3D IR transmitter. It is also compatible with an external 3D RF transmitter which provides further 3D synchronisation stability and coverage. Both projectors have wireless HDMI compatibility as optional accessories.


Commenting on the 4K VPL-VW500ES home cinema projector and the Full HD 3D VPL-HW55ES, Tak Nakane, Product Manager at Sony Europe said: “The VPL-VW500ES brings the cinema experience into the home like never before and reinforces Sony’s commitment to lead in 4K innovation from lens to living room. Innovations such as Sony’s 4K SXRD panels provide unrivalled picture quality at high resolution to make the 4K dream a more affordable reality. The addition of the VPL-HW55ES provides a premium 3D home cinema experience and expands the product range from which our customers can choose.”

Both the VPL-VW500ES and the VPL-HW55ES are available from the end of October


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