Sony’s new laser highs

VPL-VW870ES pro­jec­tor

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In our last edi­tion, we were prais­ing the Sony VW760ES laser pro­jec­tor as their best res­i­den­tial unit yet. It seems that we spoke too soon – as the new VPL-VW870ES has since hit our shores.

The new model uses the same ad­vanced SXRD (Sil­i­con X-tal Re­flec­tive Dis­play) panel tech­nol­ogy as pre­vi­ous mod­els and con­tin­ues to de­liver na­tive 4K (4096 x 2160) res­o­lu­tion im­ages. But the big changes come with the phys­i­cal el­e­ments of the pro­jec­tion sys­tem.

The VW870ES boosts bright­ness by 10 per­cent to 2200 lu­mens, and uses a new dual dy­namic con­trast sys­tem to balance this ex­tra bright­ness against black lev­els. In con­junc­tion with in­ter­nal pro­cess­ing and HDR in­for­ma­tion, it is able to main­tain deep blacks while still pro­vid­ing ex­tra light when called upon. Tech­nol­ogy has also trick­led down from Sony’s su­per-ex­pen­sive VW5000ES 4K laser pro­jec­tor with the use of the same All Range Crisp Fo­cus (ARC-F) lens. The all-glass de­sign of this large-aper­ture lens en­sures the con­ver­gence of red, green and blue pri­mary im­ages. Add in the Dig­i­tal Fo­cus Op­ti­mizer which com­pen­sates for op­ti­cal degra­da­tion us­ing dig­i­tal pro­cess­ing, and you ex­pe­ri­ence the vivid­ness of the laser pro­jec­tion and the clar­ity of the UHD image to the edges of the screen.

As with all laser pro­jec­tors, you can get up to 20,000 hours of un­in­ter­rupted op­er­a­tion with lit­tle or no degra­da­tion of the light source so, un­like a stan­dard bulb, there is no need for lamp re­place­ment, and vir­tu­ally zero main­te­nance.

And as the avail­abil­ity of more de­tailed source ma­te­rial ex­pands into the realm of 4K HDR 60p con­tent, the VPL-VW870ES is now HDMI 18Gbps-com­pat­i­ble, en­sur­ing you can use ev­ery sker­rick of in­for­ma­tion to en­sure smoother gra­da­tions.

Gam­ing also gets at­ten­tion at the topend this time around. Pro­duc­ing such a pro­jec­tion image takes time, which you can af­ford when watch­ing movies, but when us­ing a gam­ing con­sole, those pre­cious mil­lisec­onds can make a big dif­fer­ence. All of Sony’s lat­est pro­jec­tors have an in­put lag re­duc­tion mode which dra­mat­i­cally im­proves the per­for­mance of the dis­play re­ac­tion speed. So now you can ex­ploit the su­pe­rior video pro­cess­ing of the newer UHD con­soles with “breath­tak­ingly de­tailed image qual­ity” but still have con­trol of the fi­nite move­ments and tim­ing of game­play.

At $35,999 the Sony VPL-VW870ES is an in­vest­ment in a su­pe­rior image that has the tech­nol­ogy to last for years of en­joy­ment, no mat­ter what you throw at it.

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