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Sony's Premium
VPL-XW7000ES
Projector Is a
WHEN IT COMES to the
home projection market,
Sony is arguably the industry
benchmark. Doing its part to
raise the performance level
of its products and maintain
its reputation, the company
recently announced a trio of
projectors that includes the
VPL-XW7000ES.
The new Sony projectors
up the ante for performance
while making integrators
lives' easier, and deliver
more value to consumers
through the reduction of
maintenances costs via laser
phosphor light engines.
Starting at $6,000 for
the 2,000-lumen VPLXW5000ES,
$12,000 for
Premier Performer
By Robert Archer
the 2,500-lumen VPLXW6000ES,
and $28,000
for the 3,200-lumen VPLXW7000ES
model, all three
projectors employ trio of
Sony's new 0.61-inch UHD
native SXRD chips.
They also incorporate
Sony's X1 Ultimate for
Projector processing, as well
as its latest ACF lenses, and
multiple HDMI 2.0b inputs
that can provide low latency
levels with content such as
4K 60Hz.
Other highlights of the
new projectors are smaller,
lighter and more installation-friendly
chassis, plus a
black or white finish for the
VPL-XW5000ES.
Lens controls can be found
on the projector's left-side
panel when facing the
front of the product.
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Features & Setup
Before getting into the setup
and experiences with the
new Sony flagship projector,
I would like to touch upon
the X1 Ultimate for Projector
processor.
Sony says its latest processing
engine for projectors
delivers real-time enhancements
for each individual
object that is on screen;
Dual Database Processing;
The new Sony VPL-XW7000ES projector incorporates a
laser light engine, as well as the latest Sony SXRD LCoS
0.61-inch chip and ACF lens system.
object-based HDR Remaster
capabilities; Digital Contrast
Optimization; object-based
Super Resolution; and its
Dynamic HDR Enhancer.
The Dual Database Processing
is said to utilize two
image improvement databases
to enhance pixels for
" real-time image clarity. "
The HDR Remaster analyzes
individual objects and
adjusts the contrast to create
greater image depth and
textures that result in more
realistic pictures. Sony's
Digital Contrast Optimizer
is said to contrast dark parts
to project a firm black by
detecting and compensating
in advance for black floating.
One last item on the new
technology to mention is the
new Advanced Crisp Focus
(ACF) lens.
This new Sony Aspherical
lens system is said to make
the focus area longer for improved
clarity in the center
and the corners of images.
The ACF lens employs two
moving lens groups - floating
group and focusing group
- that correct for the curvature
that occurs when moving
a lens for focusing; it controls
these lens groups to produce
clear images in the center and
edges of the picture.
Setting up the VPLXW7000ES
projector didn't
take long once I figured
out some of the differences
between this new-generation
product and past Sony
products. Unlike its recent
products, the lens controls
weren't on the remote, for
instance, but rather they
were on the side panel of
the projector.
After the 7000ES model,
which is a bit smaller
and lighter than the VPLVW1025ES,
was lifted from
its box, I found it easier
to handle and put into its
installation location. From
there, I plugged in a FIBBR
fiber-optic HDMI 2.1 cable
that runs from my Onkyo
receiver, and lastly, I plugged
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