Sony adds HDR capacity to its VPL-VW365ES 4K home theater projector

by on April 28, 2016

Stephan Jukic – April 28, 2016

Just as it did for a number of its 2015 4K TVs, Sony is now adding in HDR capacity via firmware update to some of its 4K home theater projectors as well.

While some of Sony’s well-known 4K home theater projectors from 2015 and this year went on sale with high dynamic range built into them right from the get-go, the VW365ES 4K projector was not one of these models. Now however, this is being remedied and the $10,000 2015 home theater projector will receive a firmware update for full high dynamic range capacity in May of 2016.

Of Sony’s existing projector lines, the flagship VPL-VW5000ES and VPL-VW665ES both already come with HDR support built into them and this latest firmware update will bring 4K high dynamic range projectors to a new low price-point for the inclusion of HDR support.

Sony’s 4K home theater projectors are the only home entertainment models of their kind on the current market in offering true native 4K content resolution for their projected displays. And these projectors not only offer 4K but many of them also offer true DCI 4K at 4096 x 2160 pixel resolution, in a nod to the professional cinematic 4K projectors for the Big Screen, which Sony also manufactures for commercial theaters.

However, while 4K resolution in these projectors looks only marginally better than the upscaled Full HD resolution of much more affordable competitor “4K projector” models from brands like Epson and JVC, the inclusion of HDR support in the VW365ES and other models takes the projected 4K content experience to new and visibly improved levels of display richness.

Unlike 4K resolution, HDR is much more obviously visible in on-screen visuals when compared to SDR (standard dynamic range) video, and this is the case regardless of how large or small a display space is. The reason for the dramatic improvement is that HDR offers a much broader range of finely graded bright and dark levels in a piece of content while also greatly improving color quality and overall realism.

The visual effects of HDR are dramatic in 4K displays

The visual effects of HDR are dramatic in 4K displays

For this reason, HDR has become the gold-standard, must-have display technology in all the latest major 4K TVs for 2016, including the entire lineup of this year’s Sony 4K TVs. Thus, it’s only natural that the company offers the same technology to its pricey but very high quality 4K projectors for the home as well.

According to Sunil Nayyar, Director of Product Marketing, TV and Projectors at Sony, “Sony’s 4K HDR Ultra HD TVs deliver HDR compatibility and stunning performance, and our 4K HDR projectors offer a true home theater experience for enthusiasts looking for the best possible image quality, particularly on screens larger than 80 inches. Sony’s 4K SXRD imaging technology and HDR support continues to be the state-of-the-art in home theater projection.”

The Sony VPL-VW365ES home theater projector will thus now offer up not only the best and latest in 4K resolution and HDR content support but also comes with the latest HDMI 2.0a connectivity with full HDCP 2.2 4K content copy protection support for access to a wider range of ultra HD content sources. This projector is currently retailing for $9,999.99 from Sony and other retailers like

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  • Shedrick Mask
    April 29, 2016 at 6:48 am

    So is it getting hdr10 or dolby Vision? The article isn’t very clear on that.


    • Stephen
      April 29, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      Hello Shedrick, the VPL-VW365ES is coming with HDR10 high dynamic range. Sony is planning on icnluding Dolby Vision in its display devices down the road once Dolby becomes a more popular standard (according to what we’ve seen of the company’s own statements) but for now, all of the 4K display devices from Sony come with HDR standards which conform to those of HDR10 more or less.


  • Brendan
    May 2, 2016 at 2:36 am

    It would be great if they would also add HDR to my 500ES projector. Its brighter and has the same contrast as the 350ES! Get on it Sony!


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