Sony 4K projector still expensive

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/ Updated: October 1, 2013 9:52 AM PDT

While Europe gets the less-expensive 500ES , the "cheapest" Sony 4K projector available in the US will be the $14,999 VPL-VW600ES, and will support HDMI 2.0 . The 600ES is the "affordable" version of Sony's new flagship, the $27,999.99 VPL-VW1100ES. The 600ES is spec'ed for a lower light output than the 1100ES, but it otherwise looks very similar, and shares the same sweet, sweet 4K resolution .

Although 4K is largely superfluous in smaller screen sizes like 55-inch TVs (unless you sit very close), on a 100-inch projector image all those extra pixels should really have an impact. Sony's 4K upconversion process -- which will get plenty of use for the time being since 4K content is so rare -- is solid based on what we saw on its 84-inch TV . Add to that the great contrast of Sony's LCoS-based, SXRD chips, as seen on models like the VPL-HW50ES we reviewed earlier, and the 600ES looks like a real stunner on paper.

The icing on the cake is HDMI 2.0, a feature absent from the previous 4K flagship projector sans a costly hardware upgrade. The new standard ensures compatibility with faster-frame rate video, like computer games, in 4K.

Given it's $5,000 more than the 5000ES we expected , the only "sweetener" comes in the form of the Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player (FMP-X1) and a Sony Xperia Z Tablet to use as a controller--if you pay an extra $1000. However, the 1100ES does come with these two accessories and a bonus bulb, if you can stomach the additional $10K.

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  • Type 3 years warranty
  • Weight 30.86 lbs
  • Connector Type 19 pin HDMI Type A
    4 pin USB Type A
    9 pin D-Sub (DB-9)
    mini-phone 3.5 mm