Sony's new 4K, HD projectors unveiled
Here at CEDIA 2013, Sony has just announced three new SXRD projectors, including two 4K models and one for the 1080p crowd. If you must have the highest res video output, only the new VPL-VW1100ES and VPL-VW600ES will do, with both tossing a DCI-approved 4,096 x 2,160 pixel count at the nearest display surface. The VPL-VW1100ES updates the VPL-VW1000ES introduced two years ago and remains at the top of Sony's projector line, bringing a bundled 4K player, in-home service visit, replacement lamp and tablet controller for a tidy $28,000. The VPL-VW600ES (pictured above) arrives with similar specs to the model introduced in Europe last month, offering that high pixel count with lower brightness and contrast levels in a smaller frame. As a result its $15,000 pricetag is lower too, although an option to bundle the FMP-X1 4K player and tablet controller will add an extra grand on top of that.
If your display space or budget aren't 4K ready yet the VPL-HW55ES continues Sony's 1080p line with "enhanced optical efficiency" and an improved cooling system that should make the lamp last longer, all for a price of $4,000. All three projectors are going on sale through custom installers this fall, with the VPL-HW55ES due in October and the VPL-VW600ES in November. If you're looking for the top of the line VPL-VW1100ES however, you're encouraged to check back in October to set up that service appointment. Check after the break for the complete specs, we'll get an in-person look at all three shortly.