Sony kicked off the industry’s 4K movement several years ago behind the launch of the first home SXRD-based 4K video projector and has remained one of a handful of vendors to attempt a 4K projector for the home since.
It should then come as little surprise that Sony’s VPL-VW600ES ES-series 4K video projector ($14,999 suggested retail) took top honors in the home-theater projector category for the 2014 VIP awards.
Capable of producing large variable screen sizes, video projectors are perhaps the best display medium of all to show the benefits of resolution higher than standard FullHD 1080p.
The unit boasts a native resolution of 4,096 by 2,160, a tad higher than 3,840 by 2,160 resolution common in Ultra HD flat-panel sets. All non-4K sources are up-converted to the native resolution of the display by analyzing each frame of video and then interpolating it to 4K in order to maximize detail clarity and sharpness.
The VW600ES has received rave reviews for its performance with both native and up-converted material.
The projector also offers clean and bright 3D image capability using RF synchronization for its 3D glasses and an internal emitter.
The unit is equipped with a 2.1:1 powered zoom lens with powered H/V lens shift. It offers a large vertical and horizontal lens shift for great placement flexibility, and the fairly large projector offers lens memory to work with Cinemascope shaped wide screens, typically with 2.35:1 or 2.40:1 aspect ratios.
The VW600ES includes MotionFlow, Sony’s frame-interpolation system that contains a number of different presets.
Sony also uses its Reality Creation technology in the unit, offering improvements to fine detail.