Stun­ning Sony pro­jec­tion

Australian HIFI - - LEN WALLIS AUDIO -

Sony pro­jec­tors take pride of place in our home cinema dis­play suite. In fact, we have com­mit­ted both spots in the room to Sony. We in­tro­duced the VW550 pro­jec­tor a few is­sues ago, but now are equally im­pressed with its baby brother, the VPL-VW260.

As with all of Sony’s dig­i­tal cinema pro­jec­tors, the VW260 uses the ad­vanced SXRD (Sil­i­con X-tal Re­flec­tive Dis­play) panel tech­nol­ogy which de­liv­ers na­tive 4K (4096 x 2160) res­o­lu­tion im­ages.

And let’s be clear… this is true 4k. Other sim­i­lar (and some also pricier) pro­jec­tors use a shift­ing tech­nol­ogy that projects an im­age and then the next frame “shifts” the im­age by half a pixel, thereby ap­pear­ing as ul­tra-high def­i­ni­tion. A stan­dard 1080 pro­jec­tor will shift from ap­prox­i­mately 2 mil­lion pix­els (or mega pix­els) to 4 mega pix­els; the DLA ver­sions shift to 8 mega pix­els.

With the Sony pro­jec­tors, you get over eight and a half mil­lion pix­els at all times! Fine de­tails in the im­age are won­der­fully clear and nat­u­ral, with­out jagged edges or vis­i­ble pix­els.

While there are var­i­ous screen lens set­tings, the VW260 doesn’t have the lens mem­ory that the VW550 does, but that makes it ideal for a “set and for­get” con­fig­u­ra­tion.

With 1500 lu­mens, this pro­jec­tor is more than suit­able for a great mid-range cinema that can re­ally bring your movies to life. Priced at $7,999.

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