The latest SONY VPL-VW570ES is something to behold. A true step up from it's predecessor the VPL-VW550ES, the new motion flow algorithm and enhanced HDR processing brings news layers to the image we haven't seen before.
All the marketing hype and Blah Blah Blah can become tiresome - there's only so many ways to say the same thing about a new product and how much better it is than the last. Immersive excitement, cinematic experience, advanced technology etc etc. Everyone uses similar descriptions to make their product stand out from the crowd. At the end of the day you can't see the forest through the trees. It all becomes noise and there's no way to tell any significant difference by reading the hype...
You can look at all the lumens, contrast resolution figures you want - it's what the company does with the image processing that makes the difference. Just because one projector is brighter than another doesn't mean it's better. Far from it! Contrast figures are a joke, most are based on black to white contrast without the colour wheel in place - so has in no way any connection to the picture you end up looking at.
We've spent a lot of time looking at projectors and it's our humble opinion that the SONY range have an edge over the pack. Their contrast figures are accurate and they remain the only company using a true native 4K chip to display in full detail and accuracy a true 4K video stream (under $60k anyway). Starting from $7999 SONY have true 4K native resolution.
So the VPL-VW570ES (570ES) is the latest release from a company that have bee setting the benchmark in home theater projectors for several years. It uses SONY's advanced SXRD panel technology with four times the resolution of Full HD. Contrast is enhanced with the inbuilt iris and gives a new level of black performance we've not seen at this point before. The VPL-VW760ES ($23,000rrp) out performs the 570ES in most ways but black clarity and detail is actually and surprisingly close given the 760ES is LASER and $13k more expensive. Not that the 760ES isn't an outstanding projector, it's amazing but the 570ES is also amazing at the price.
Which brings about a point with the SONY range, there's discernible jumps between models that make sense. To our eyes and tests each model from the entry 4K up to the near top VPL-VW870ES are stand out leaders in performance.
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