Meet Sony’s stunning and pricey new 4K HDR projector for live broadcasts

by on September 16, 2016

Stephan Jukic – September 16, 2016

At this year’s CEDIA 2016 event, Sony has done plenty to promote the power and quality of its still rather unique consumer market 4K digital video projectors. The company has made a point of explaining just how their native 4K SXRD projection panel technology is superior to that found in all rivals’ previous projector models and in a move that really underscores their fundamental argument, Sony has also released a stunning new HDR 4K projector model to their ES line of these devices.

The new projector is numbered as the VPL-VW675ES and it offers up some very robust specs which include a peak brightness of 1800 lumens, a contrast ratio of 350,000:1 and a bulb which Sony claims will last for at least 6,000 hours.

Additionally, the new projector is the first ever consumer model to support the Hybrid Log-Gamma standard recently developed in Japan for eventual global use in live air broadcasts of 4K content in High Dynamic Range. This also means that the 675ES is uniqe among Sony projectors in being the only model which supports two HDR content standards. However for the meantime, before HLG HDR broadcasts become a reality on the consumer broadcast market, the VW675ES can stream content from most services right out of the box, with support for Amazon Prime, Netflix and others as well as support for 4K Blu-ray content in rich HDR10 high Dynamic Range.

The Hybrid Log-Gamma technology of the 675ES means it supports two kinds of HDR

The Hybrid Log-Gamma technology of the 675ES means it supports two kinds of HDR

The VW675ES comes with a full connectivity package which includes HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 4K content copy protection on all of its HDMI inputs.

Perhaps the core technology of the VW675ES and the one which makes it still more immediately unique in the world of consumer projectors is its SXRD projection panels. These panels are what allows this model and all other Sony 4K projectors to be the only projector types on the current market which offer real, full native 4K ultra HD visuals of 3840 x 2160 pixels without any sort of pixel shifting or upscaling technology needed to simulate the effect. All other current projectors from brands like JVC, Epson and others can’t offer native 4K and instead resort to assorted tricks for a simulated UHD resolution, as we explain in much more detail here.

The VPL-VW675ES promises a very rich dual-format HDR viewing experience

The VPL-VW675ES promises a very rich dual-format HDR viewing experience

The Sony VPL-VW675ES is indeed a stunning piece of technology and it’s going to impress even more in a consumers home as soon as some network broadcasters start airing live 4K UHD content that’s formatted in the Hybrid Log-Gamma standard with which the 675ES is compatible. Sports action will almost certainly look stunning coming from this gadget’s projection lens in full 4K and possibly HDR when such live broadcasts become a reality.

The one major drawback to the new VPL-VW675ES projector (and you should have seen this coming if you’ve ever looked into typical Sony projector prices): aside from being stunningly powerful, it’s also stunningly expensive at just under $15,000, meaning that it costs more than twice as much as Sony’s most affordable native 4K projector, the VW350ES.

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