Into an increasingly crowded market of ultra short-throw (UST) projectors comes the Sony VPL-VZ1000ES, which is 40% smaller and 25% brighter (2500 lumens) than the company’s previous VPL-GTZ1. It uses a laser-phosphor hybrid light engine and can be placed as little as six inches from the wall. Sony has now adopted Dolby Vision along with HDR10 in its HDR TVs, but I haven’t yet confirmed if the VPL-VZ1000ES implements both or only HDR10.
“The VPL-VZ1000ES ultra short-throw projector is a real game changer,” says Mike Fasulo, President and COO of Sony Electronics. “Everyone wants a larger screen, but not everyone can find the space for it. Sony enables the best of both worlds with this new generation of ultra-short throw projectors. Now, it’s possible to project a 4K HDR quality 100″or even 120″ display in your family room without the need for a dedicated media room.”
The demo included a 120″ prototype ambient light-rejecting (ALR) screen with a black backing and a lenticular surface, and it looked quite good in moderate ambient light.
The VPL-VZ1000ES is slated to ship in April with an MSRP of $24,999, half the price of the VPL-GTZ1.