Now that 3D is pretty much standard for new home theater gear, 4K resolution (or Quad Full HD, as it’s also known) is the industry’s new hope for driving consumer upgrades. Sony’s VPL-VW1000ES is the first home theater projector to offer the ridiculous 4096 x 2160 resolution standard at home. The 2,000 lumen rig also boasts a dynamic contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 (which is less important than you think it is) as well as a 2.1 zoom lens that can throw out images ranging from 60 to 300 inches diagonally. Connectivity boils down to two HDMI ports, an Ethernet port, a mini D-sub port and one component input.
Since 4k content for the home is essentially non-existent at this point, the so-called Sony Reality Creation feature can upscale HD, 2D, 3D, and even SD content to dynamic 4k resolution, but don’t expect it to compare to the real thing. Early adoption is always an expensive proposition, and the VPL-VW1000ES is no exception. If you are in the market for a new projector to pimp out the mantuary, though, selling your firstborn for this bad boy will at least ensure you’re ready for the decade ahead — assuming 4k doesn’t pick the Laserdisc as a role model.
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