If money was no object and you wanted to build the home cinema of your dreams I’d argue that the Sony VPL-VW1000ES is the home projector that you would want to build your film watching experience around. With a resolution of 4096 x 2169 this is the high definition projector that will have your movies looking perfect.
The problem of course is the cost. Coming in at around £16,799/$24,999 this is a projector that will certainly test your pocket, but it’s always nice to dream. With the best in built in options and all the modern technology that can be packed in this really is the top of the range projector you always wanted.
At this price you will expect a lot and the VPL-VW1000ES definitely delivers. With its 4K native SXRD panels this is bringing modern cinema technology into your home. This projector will upscale your Blu-ray films into a higher resolution than normally possible (the 4K screen is actually related to the resolution of 4096 x 2169). Full 3D is of course provided as expected from modern technology such as this. As you can tell this is a projector that can handle projecting in a bigger environment but it’s still possible to get the most out of a home theatre.
The VPL-VW1000ES is not a small box, when hung from the ceiling it will need plenty have space and ventilation for the rear. It is a very stylish looking piece of kit though and will definitely look good in the room it’s places in as long as the room can hold it.
With two HDMI connections, component and a PC VGA connection there is plenty of ways to get media into the projector, even though it’s surprising there is no digital card reader with it. At 300w the UHP lamp definitely pushes out a lot of light but this is to be expected as that is of course its main task. The strength of the light of course provides the picture projected with plenty of quality and power.
To be able to output 4K quality native media you are going to need major PC power. Video cards such as the AMD Radeon HD7970 are capable of doing this and the results are amazing, but obviously not everybody has a computer capable of pushing out so much power. This is of course where Blu-ray comes in.
The projector is able to upscale the Blu-ray image, this of course won’t provide the quality of the 4K media but it still looks good. The up scaling is able to add pixel density to the image playing out of the projector to provide the best image possible and this really shows. 3D looks similarly good so you are definitely getting what you paid for.
If anything this is a little glimpse of what the future holds for home cinema. If you have this type of money to spend then it’s an amazing buy and will help you enjoy your films in the best possible way. Right now though there is no real argument that says it’s worth paying so much money for the 4K screening ability when there is not really any on the market to buy right now. This projector is definitely one of those products that would be really nice to have, but an expense that is probably just not worth the cost at this moment in time.