Sony VPL-VW870ES 4K SXRD Laser Projector Review



The VW870ES is Sony’s latest native 4K SXRD home cinema projector, which features a laser light source instead of the traditional bulb. The benefits of this approach are instant on/off without the usual warm up and cool down period of normal bulb machines, as well as a consistent light output over the 20,000 hours claimed lifespan of the laser source. A nice side effect of this is that the projector will hold on to calibrated settings for longer than a bulb, which changes its light output and wavelength as it ages. Like previous Sony models the native 4K SXRD (Silicon X-tal Reflective Display) chips are ported from the professional division, so have a full 4K resolution of 4096 x 2160 but it handles Ultra HD signals (3840 x 2160) with ease. Please note that due to a lack of dynamic range within the camera, camera settings, display settings and the fact you are not watching on a monitor that can show the true picture quality seen in person, no judgment should be made using the footage in the video. The review sample was provided by Sony UK and is a finished retail production sample which was delivered in retail packaging. We will always be transparent about who supplies a display for review and the supplier (whether it is the manufacturer, distributor or retailer) never has any influence or input into our reviews. We will never accept payment to review a product as we insist on complete independence in our reviewing.
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