Sony has announced two new native 4K home cinema projectors using the company’s own ‘X1 for projector’ picture processors enabling dynamic HDR. The two models comprise the VPL-VW1025ES (available in black, MSRP $39,999) and the VPL-VW325ES (available in black or white, MSRP $5,499) and both can be pre-ordered now.

“Sony’s 4K SXRD projectors have led the market for years, and these new models take the viewer’s experience to the next level,” said Neal Manowitz, President and COO, Sony Electronics Inc. “Whether they’re for enjoying the latest movies or playing action-packed games, our newest projectors deliver a dynamic, big screen experience that truly immerses viewers in their favorite content.”

The laser-driven VPL-VW1025ES and conventional lamp VPL-VW325ES (pictured above in white) projectors will replace the VPL-VW995ES and VPL-VW295ES, respectively, and both feature input lag reduction for gamers. The aforementioned dynamic HDR enhancer uses scene-by-scene contrast analysis to improve picture performance. Furthermore, Sony deploys a ‘Reality Creation’ technology within the X1 processor which promises to enrich 4K content and deliver “real-world” detail and texture. 

A native 4K SXRD panel (4096 x 2160) supports images with up to 8.8 million pixels on both machines. However, the higher-end VW1025ES uses an upgraded ARC-F lens with 18 glass elements, including six extra low dispersion (ELD) optics for enhanced convergence of red, green and blue primaries at the edges of the screen.

Click on the links for more product details of the VPL-VW1025ES and VPL-VW325ES.

 

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I like the $5500 MSRP on the VPL-VW325ES. That's the right price for me. Looking forward to reviews.

That said, given Sony's historic lamp-flicker and panel degradation problems in the projectors, I'm not inclined to buy Sony again. Will have to learn more.
 

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I'm wrong about pricing: this is a price increase, not trending the desired direction
With the introduction of the VPL-VW325ES ($5,499) and VPL-VW1025ES ($39,999), Sony has replaced its previous entry-level 4K SXRD projector (the VPL-VW295ES) and its prior premium model with a non-detachable lens (VPL-VW995ES). Each carries a $500 price hike over its predecessor, and in the case of the VPL-VW325ES, marks the end of Sony's long-running "4K under $5K" marketing claim that began with the introduction of the VPL-VW285ES in 2017.
 

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Yeah, no, not for me (emphasis added):
The VPL-VW325ES is lamp-driven and rated for 1,500 lumens. It is available in either a black or white chassis. Like the VPL-VW295ES that came before it, it features no mechanical iris and its HDR Enhancer implementation benefits only from signal processing. It uses the same high quality aspherical lens found in the VPL-VW715ES and VPL-VW915ES. This projector lacks the Digital Focus Optimizer feature found in the higher end models, though it does share with them an enhanced Reality Creation scaling engine that makes use of the more powerful processor to further improve clarity on images of native 1080p or lesser resolution and better perform digital noise reduction.
 

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It's a disappointment that not many projector makers have included Dolbyvision. This is the reason I have not replaced my projector yet. I am hoping the new JVC models which hopefully will be coming sometime soon might have it as a feature. I am also hoping that JVC adds e-shift to all of their models in the next batch, which would be an eshift upscale to 8k. I've seen the last Sony and the latest JVC models in comparison and still nobody can beat the blacks on the JVC.
 

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Yeah, no, not for me (emphasis added):
LCOS projectors can actually do fine without an iris - it's a net loss in CR, but not as bad as some might think.

I am hoping we see a sub 10K laser option in the next 2 years with DV support. That's what I am waiting on before I replace my trusty 675ES
 

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LCOS projectors can actually do fine without an iris - it's a net loss in CR, but not as bad as some might think.

I am hoping we see a sub 10K laser option in the next 2 years with DV support. That's what I am waiting on before I replace my trusty 675ES
I’m mainly saying this is basically a price increase with no hardware upgrade. And while these projectors do ok without dynamic iris, all the next-level models with dynamic irises are reviewed as having much better effective contrast and dynamic range.

This announcement is not exciting to me re: future of Sony 4K projectors.