Upgrades in progress. Sony 5000ES projectors in the house!
I am replacing both my Barco DP4k-23B and my Barco DP4k-P, at both my primary house and my beach house, with the new Sony 5000ES.
The big theater will be having the back wall repaired from the removal of the big Barco projector box. The Sony will fit fully in my projector/equipment closet like my DPI Titan originally did. Once the bump-out on the back wall has been removed, and the projection shelf is raised back up, i can install the Sony. Hopefully this will get completed next two weeks.
I have been working on the theater at the beach house. Both have a 14' wide 2.0 aspect screen. While my primary theater has a full 4-way masking screen, the theater in my beach house has just a plain fixed screen without any masking.
Removing the Barco projector and enclosure. Im going to recess the Sony projector into a bathroom directly behind the theater.
I built a soffit over the bathroom vanity, so I could recess the Sony projector. I needed more throw distance to fill my existing screen, but I also wanted to keep from having such a large projection enclosure in the theater room again.
The projector is about 36" deep including lens. The projector box sticks into the theater 10" and then 4" between the studs and sheetrock, and then 22" over the bathroom vanity. The vanity is also 22" deep, so thats why I didn't recess the projector all the way. I didn't want the soffit to stick out past the countertop.
Soffit area closed up. Now just need to touch up some paint. The back of the box is being vented with fans into the main AC return air line.
While waiting for the Sony 5000ES, I got a JVC RS600 projector to play around with. That projector is absolutely incredible, it just didn't have enough light output for my screen.
I liked the image so much that I decided to mount it in the master bedroom, but due to WAF, the projector had to be hidden from view. The boss had been begging for reading lights over the bed, so this gave me an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.
I used a linear actuator so that the front of the soffit would automatically open and close using the Control4 system, when the projector is turned on. I have a motorized screen recessed into the soffit which runs around the room, so the whole system is pretty stealth. Now if I can just figure out how to get my significant other to agree to painting the room a darker color!
Back to the Sony! The image is incredible. The unit is extremely bright. The laser can be dimmed on a scale from 0-100. I am running the laser between 35-40, and that give me 25fL on my 14' wide .9 gain screen. When the laser is set to 100, I was getting about 4900 lumens at Rec709.
The laser dimming functions extremely well, and I have never been a fan of any dynamic iris. I don't know if its because the laser can react so much faster, since its not mechanical, but I haven't noticed it working at all, except during credits. And only during credit, if the screen goes completely blank. With the laser dimming set to full, it will basically shut off the laser completely when there is a totally black screen. If its in limited mode, it dims it significantly, but doesn't shut it off. I have found that full dimming works well, so for now I am running it in the full setting. Fades to black are just incredible.
Coming from many previous high-end 3chip DLPs, I can certainly appreciate the increase in native contrast, and especially dynamic contrast. I found myself being pulled out of the image more and more with my DLP, due to poor performance in low APL scenes. I do feel like the Sony is a little "softer" than the DCI projector, but this isn't surprising considering the size difference between the two lens. But while 1080P does seem a little soft to me, 4K is a whole other story. The 4K image on the Sony is by far one of the best images I have ever seen from any video projector.
Next week I intend to install my Radiance Pro, and see how that units scaling from 1080P > 4K compares to the Sony. Lastly, this unit is not just quiet, its insanely quiet. While i can slightly hear the Sony if the laser is at full power, at the 35-40 setting I'm currently using it is basically silent. I cant even hear the unit when the volume is completely turned off.
I have the Samsung 4K bluray player, and look forward to testing out HDR over the next few days. I will report back after I get some more playtime, but overall I couldn't be happier. I really expect this projector will be something I will easily keep for the next 4-5 years, maybe longer!