It seems like only yesterday, we were wondering when the 4K projector would be available for home theater use. (Okay, technically it was 2013.) Now, we’re starting to see options trickle in, but Sony’s VPL-W5000ES 4K projector definitely isn’t something that’s for everyone.
Of course, you need to have the room for this 4K projector—as well as the bankroll to bring it home.
It’s not a cheap machine for a reason. This 4K projector uses a laser light engine and SXRD panels to crank out 4K images and 5,000 lumens of color light output. That laser light engine boasts faster on/off times, so you don’t have to wait for the projector to cool down. It also has a built-in re-calibration feature and support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) content, as well as the ability to cover the DCI-P3 color gamut and emulate the BT.2020 color gamut.
Other features include a new liquid cooling system, Advanced Motionflow for smooth action, an HDMI input that is HDCP 2.2 compatible, and the ability to tilt the projector as much as 30 degrees. Also worth mentioning is that the VPL-VW5000ES 4K projector ships with a standard powered lens with a zoom ratio from 1.27 to 2.73:1 and lens shift capability of +/- 80% vertical and +/- 31% horizontal.
“The VPL-VW5000ES projector is truly the ultimate home cinema display,” said Yamato “Tank” Tanikawa, director of home entertainment and sound for Sony Electronics. “The VPL-VW5000ES joins an impressive lineup of Sony home theater projectors specifically designed for the installer market, like the VPL-VW665ES and VPL-VW365ES models also announced today. All of these 4K resolution projectors offer a truly immersive viewing experience with high brightness and high contrast bringing the home theater experience to the next level.”
Sony is now taking pre-orders for the VPL-VW5000ES 4K projector, which is priced at $60,000. It will start shipping in spring 2016.