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Early in February 2017, Sony announced they will be releasing two 4th generation LCD laser projectors in June and August that, according to the information that’s been given, will blow it’s competitors out of the water!
As some of you may know, Sony released the world’s first LCD laser projector back in August of 2013 – and it appears they are continuing to pioneer forward with these two new 4th generation laser projectors – especially since some manufacturers are still working on their own first generation laser projector! It’s no wonder that Sony has a pocket full of awards earned from their astounding-quality laser projectors. If you’d like, check out their YouTube video on how their 3LCD Laser Light Source Projector technology works.
The two new projectors are: the VPL-PHZ10 (WUXGA), which will be available in June, and the VPL-PWZ10 (WXGA), which will be available in August.
So, the big question?
What’s the big deal about these new laser projectors?
Just take a look at some of the specs:
- 5000 Lumens Brightness – these are very bright projectors
- Laser Light Source – and all of its benefits like quick on/off, no lamp replacement costs, no maintenance, low-energy consumption
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- 4.4″ tall x 20″ x 13.9″ – this is HALF the size of other competitors in the 5000 lumen laser projector class!
- 19.2 lbs – almost 50% lighter than previous generations!
- 3 chip design with 500,000:1 contrast ratio – with color and contrast beyond anything in its class
- Additional features such as Digital Reality Creation and Contrast Enhancer – providing super fine detail for images that look almost 4K (seeing is believing)
- Dual HDMI inputs, HDBaseT, VGA, RS232, Lan, audio, USB
- Quiet – Sony laser projectors are ultra quiet for their class
- Offers a standard manual zoom and focus lens, as well as a large lens shift range, from +20 to 55% vertical and +/- 10% horizontal – enabling these units to overcome many installation challenges
- 5 year warranty/12,000 hour laser lamp warranty
Now, perhaps the biggest kicker of them all?
Both projectors will be available well under $3,000 – where competitors in this range easily cost over $3500 for a new projector! And, depending on if they are pre-ordered in quantity, it could be less than that!
Now, for the first time, laser will actually cost less right from the start, than conventional lamp based projectors and over time, the total cost of ownership will be off the charts compared to the competition! We’re eagerly waiting to get our first look at these projectors, but it looks like this new Sony could be major breakthrough!
How can you learn more?
We’re excited to share that we are anticipating getting our hands on a sample of these projectors in mid-March to get a first-hand look. We will be comparing them to competitor projectors like the highly popular Panasonic PT-RZ570 and the NEC NP-P502HL, among others – so stay tuned for our reviews and a new video! To ensure you don’t miss it, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and you can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest!
Written by Ted Bollinger
Ted Bollinger has been in the professional display and electronic imaging industry for over 40 years. He has worked with and consulted with most major manufacturers' engineering representatives of professional and consumer flat screen TVs and projectors. He is currently with TVS Pro and serves as the manager for professional display products.