Sony Home Theater Projector Review.
The Sony is a true 4K projector that offers affordable high performance HDR.
It is the easy way to get a best viewing experience out the latest Ultra HD movies, as well as
video games and streaming 4K HDR shows.
The sony is an IMAX Enhanced projector that builds on the excellent performance of its
The Sony—which was the first 4K projector.
I received a sony for placement in my upstairs home theater less than two weeks ago.
Long enough to get a feel for its capabilities and perform a calibration after putting 100
hours on the bulb.
Features and Specifications
The sony is the entry-level 4K offering in Sony’s lineup and the most affordable current
model offering that resolution.
Its upgraded features make it worth considering.
This projector supports 3D, so if you are into 3D movies here’s one way to enjoy them.
Frankly 3D looks a looks a lot better on a big screen! Standard active LCD shutter glasses
work with this projector.
Like all of Sony’s 4K projectors, the uses Sony’s Silicon Crystal Reflective Display
technology, a variant of LCoS liquid crystal on silicon.
Silicon Crystal Reflective Display combines LCD panels one for each primary color with
a reflective substrate that modulates light in order to render an image on screen.
Each Silicon Crystal Reflective Display imager measures 0.74? and can be adjusted for proper
The sony is an Enhanced certified projector that is able to make the most of the pristine
4K HDR imagery offered by the program.
Specs for the claim approximately 1500 lumens of light output using a 225-watt high-pressure
mercury lamp, which is the same as the sony.
This offers a 6000-hour lifespan in Low mode, albeit at reduced overall brightness as the
To maintain near-peak performance, you may wish to factor in using the bulb on “High”
and features a more aggressive replacement schedule.
A meticulous color Calibration is highly recommended with a projector like the sony.
Granted, it’s Sony and the fact is you do get good color right out of the box.
With its built-in calibration controls, it is capable of reference-quality color post-calibration.
With accurate meters like the Colorimetry Research kit I use, and CalMan software plus
a few adjustments.
You can achieve a degree of color accuracy that your eyes will instinctively recognize
Beyond color, this projector offers numerous image-processing options such as noise, motion
processing and banding reduction.
The use of these features is optional and content dependent, but I do recommend engaging
MotionFlow True Cinema.
It presents movies with a cadence that’s properly cinematic and judder-free.
Hollywood blockbusters full of effects such as Marvel movies Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Deadpool 2 look profoundly colorful and detailed, with action that’s easy to follow.
Because this is a true 4K projector, you can see the extra benefit of the higher bitrates
used for 4K UHD Blu-ray.
Action scenes explode with detail and the projector lets you “be in the movie” which
is certainly a big part of “director’s intent.”
Whether you watch true 4K content or rely on Sony’s Reality Engine to upscale HD Blu-ray
and help make less than perfect streams look their best.
The sony has you covered.
The highly effective image processing algorithms keep unwanted banding.
Other artifacts like digital noise to a minimum on streaming content.
All without impacting detail or imbuing the imagery with an artificial look.
In other words, Sony knows how to “fix” video without making it look fake.
This is key because there’s still a lot more HD content out there than UHD 4K.
With the Sony, you get a projector that is absolutely a top choice for any installation
where lens memory is not a requirement.
1500 lumens is enough for the chosen screen size and material.
Sony is on a roll, with a lineup of projectors that just keeps getting better.
With whisper-quiet quiet operation and support for just about any 4K HDR content you toss
its way, the Sony makes for an easy Top Choice selection.
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