Sony launched the up to date VPL-VW715ES and VPL-VW915ES projectors at CEDIA 2020. The 715ES is a local 4K projector with a typical bulb, whereas the 915ES is a local 4K projector with a laser gentle supply. They provide improved HDR efficiency, however at $10,000 and $20,000 respectively they’re priced outdoors of fashions we might contemplate.
The Sony VPL-VW295ES provides a full 4K decision, a motorized lens, and superb SDR picture high quality. It doesn’t provide the dynamic iris or the broader coloration gamut assist that the JVC DLA-NX5 provides, and you may’t tremendous tune the HDR presentation to the identical diploma. To get a dynamic iris (and thus a greater distinction ratio) requires that you just transfer as much as the $10,000 VPL-VW695ES. The 295ES did have the bottom enter lag of any 4K projector we examined for this replace, 36 ms in sport mode, and the movement high quality is superb for sports activities and video video games. However the JVC seems to be higher general with each SDR and HDR materials.
The BenQ HT5550 makes use of a DLP chipset to show all of the pixels in a 4K sign, and it provides huge coloration gamut assist. It has a dynamic iris, however it was sluggish to react and really noisy in use. The picture was very sharp, however black ranges had been not so good as what I noticed from the LCD and LCoS projectors, so HDR lacked pop, and the tone mapping with HDR content material usually left highlights trying washed out. Plus, there’s no sport mode, resulting in 60 ms of enter lag.
The BenQ HT3550 additionally has a DLP chipset, however you possibly can’t alter the lens place as a lot as you possibly can with the HT5550, and the lens isn’t as sharp. HDR usually appeared washed out in comparison with the opposite projectors, and the colours weren’t as correct. There’s no sport mode, so lag occasions are round 60 ms.
The BenQ HT2550 makes use of a 1080p DLP chipset with an optical shift, however it lacks assist for huge coloration gamut. We might barely make out check patterns with one-pixel stripes. It additionally appeared worse with HDR content material than with the SDR model of the content material. As a result of this mannequin doesn’t provide many advantages with 4K HDR content material, we advocate getting the 1080p-only BenQ HT2050A or paying a bit of extra for the Sony VPL-HW45ES as a substitute.
The Epson Dwelling Cinema 5040UB is our earlier finances choose and is much like the newer 5050UB, however it’s not as shiny—so HDR gained’t have the identical degree of pop. It additionally lacks the improved HDR tone mapping controls of the 5050UB. If the worth distinction between the 2 is excessive, this one continues to be price contemplating.
The Epson Dwelling Cinema 4000 is much like the 5050UB however has a decrease distinction ratio and is best for a room with ambient gentle. As a result of ambient gentle can harm how HDR seems to be excess of it could have an effect on SDR, we centered on projectors in a devoted house theater room surroundings, the place the 5050UB is clearly higher and value the additional value.
The Optoma UHD60 makes use of a unique DLP chipset than the BenQ HT2550 and does a greater job of resolving one-pixel particulars, however it has the identical issues—no huge coloration gamut assist and middling HDR efficiency. It produces a really massive, shiny, detailed picture however can’t deliver out the most effective in 4K content material. For those who’re involved solely about tremendous element, this mannequin is price a glance, however different projectors provide superior 1080p or 4K photos at an analogous value.
The Optoma UHZ65 makes use of a laser gentle supply, however it lacks assist for huge coloration gamut and doesn’t have a motorized lens. At $4,000, it isn’t a mannequin we had been keen on—however in the event you completely hate having to purchase a substitute bulb after 5,000 hours, that is an possibility.
Quite a few current 4K DLP projectors, such because the Optoma UHD50 and Vivitek HK2288-WH, additionally look to make use of the identical reference DLP design because the BenQ HT2550. Contemplating the dearth of an expanded coloration gamut and the presence of decrease distinction ratios that may’t do HDR as nicely, we determined to not check these fashions after testing the BenQ.
The Panasonic PT-AE8000U provides 1080p decision and lens reminiscences, however the firm launched it in 2012 and has not up to date it since. The up to date fashions from Sony and Epson present much better distinction ratios and picture high quality for a similar value.
The JVC DLA-RS4500 is a real 4K projector that makes use of a laser phosphor gentle supply with the corporate’s D-ILA panels, however its $35,000 checklist value stored us from contemplating it for this information.
JVC additionally provides the extra reasonably priced 4K-enhanced projector, the LX-UH1B, however it makes use of a DLP chip as a substitute of the corporate’s proprietary D-ILA chips. This projector seems to be to have extra versatile lens shift for simpler placement than different reasonably priced DLP fashions, however it lacks huge coloration gamut assist. As well as, the black ranges can’t match these of Epson projectors on the identical value that additionally provide 4K enhancement, huge coloration gamut, and versatile setup.
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