Sony VPL-VW325ES 4K HDR Projector

The Sony VPL-VW325ES is a premium 4K home theater projector designed to deliver stunning image quality and an immersive viewing experience, but there’s a twist. Here is a detailed overview of its features and performance

Characteristics

  • X1 Prozessor für Projektor bringt Ihnen das Beste aus Sonys Bildverarbeitung
  • Genießen Sie die neuesten 4K-Content-Services mit HDCP 2.2-Kompatibilität auf beiden 18 Gbit/s HDMI-Eingängen
  • Dynamischer HDR-Enhancer bringt einen breiteren Kontrastbereich Szene für Szene für auffällige und realistische Bildqualität
  • Volle native 4K-Auflösung auf 3 SXRD-Bildern: je 4096 x 2160 Pixel
  • Motionflow bietet reibungslose Bewegungen für 4K und HD
  • Der hohe Dynamikbereich sorgt für einen breiteren Kontrastbereich für verbesserten Realismus
  • Hohe Helligkeit von 1.500 Lumen

Specifications

MarkeSony
Empfohlene Anwendungen für ProduktHome Cinema
Besonderes MerkmalPortable
KonnektivitätstechnologieHDMI
Bildschirmauflösung4096 x 2160

Vorteile

  • Atemberaubendes Bild
  • Atemberaubendes Kontrastverhältnis
  • Relativ ruhig

Nachteile

  • Teuer
  • Nicht sehr hell
  • Fehlt die Farbe von Lasern

Design

Despite its high-end specifications, the VPL-VW325ES is relatively compact and lightweight compared to other high-end projectors. It measures 19.5 x 18.25 x 8.25 inches (W x D x H) and weighs 31.8 pounds. This projector has a minimalist design with a matte black finish, giving it a sleek and modern look. There are no visible screws or other distracting elements on the outside of the projector. The VPL-VW325ES features a high-quality lens system designed to provide excellent image quality. The lens is recessed into the projector body, protecting it from dust and scratches.

The control panel on the top of the projector is easy to use and has a simple layout. It includes buttons for power, input select, lens shift and zoom. The projector has a cable cover on the back that helps keep the cables clean and tidy, which can improve the overall aesthetics of the installation.

Key Features

The 325ES is a „real“ 4K projector in the sense of digital cinema. It has a resolution of 4,096 x 2,160, an additional 552,960 pixels over those weak Ultra HD projectors and their 3,840 x 2,160 resolution. However, if you don’t send the projector at 4,096 x 2,160, it will only use the 3,840 x 2,160 part of the chip with black bars on either side. However, the black level is so good that you can’t notice these bars unless you’re looking for them.

And why is this black level so good? The 325ES uses technology that is different from that of most projectors. Epson, for example, uses LCD chips, similar to most televisions. Almost all other projector manufacturers use Texas Instruments DLP chips to produce images. Sony uses SXRD, their version of liquid crystal on silicon. This far more expensive technology is only found in high-end projectors such as Sony and JVC with their D-ILA variant. However, LCoS can achieve significantly higher contrast ratios than the other two, which is the most critical aspect of overall image quality, as we’ll discuss shortly.

The lumen rating is not impressive at first glance. I would have hoped for more light, and you can buy a much brighter projector for much less. As we’ll discuss in the comparison section, this doesn’t matter as much as you think, but it limits the size of a screen, and it means you must have complete light control in your room.

Connectivity

As befits a home theatre projector, the 325ES has a limited number of ports but plenty of control options. No legacy connections either, just HDMI. Honestly, that’s fine. I’m always surprised to see analogue ports on a projector these days.

You get a variety of ports to control the projector with a home automation system, including RS-232, LAN, and even an IR input. There is a USB port, but it can only handle 0.5 amps, which won’t power most streaming sticks.

Picture quality

There isn’t much competition in this price range, but comparing the 325ES with newer, cheaper and quite good projectors like the Epson Home Cinema 5050UB and the LG HU810P is worth comparing. I connected all three through a Monoprice 1×4 distribution amp and displayed them all side by side on a 12-foot wide 1.0 gain screen.

The Sony is, you hope, on a whole different level. Even at about half the brightness of the other two, my eye returned to it. The contrast ratio is just so intoxicating. Compared to the Epson, Sony’s black levels are slightly more profound in this projector’s highest contrast mode, and the highlights are slightly brighter, so the image has noticeably more depth and realism.

The highlights pop, but the blacks are so deep that they seem missing light. Of course, in the Epson’s higher brightness mode, it’s much brighter than Sony could ever hope for, but in this mode, the black level is much higher, so black letterbox bars, for example, stand out much more clearly. The Epson’s image is excellent, but the Sony’s is better.

Brightness and Colors

All projectors that support HDR must modify this signal to make it work, as no projector has the brightness or dynamic range to handle HDR fully. The 325ES has enough processing power to remap the HDR signal and create an image free of artefacts or severe clipping, which I’ve seen on smaller projectors.

There is one aspect where Sony is genuinely remarkable, and LG has the edge colour. The Sony can deliver exceptionally accurate and lifelike colours with HD. It doesn’t have anywhere near the colour depth of the LG and its laser-powered rainbow of HDR flavours. With the LG, deeper purples, violets and greens are available. The Sony looks good but is certainly less impressive. Even the Epson can produce deeper colours than the Sony in its more expansive colour space mode. However, this is only the case with the broader colours available with HDR. The Sony is more accurate than the LG or the Epson regarding non-HDR/WCG colours.

Audio

The Sony VPL-VW325ES has no built-in speaker, so an external audio system is required to produce sound. It is familiar with high-end home theatre projectors, often connected to a separate surround sound or stereo system for a more immersive audio experience.

It has multiple audio output options, including a 3.5mm stereo minijack and an optical digital output. These outputs can connect the projector to an external audio system.

The projector also features an Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature that allows the audio signal from a TV or other source device to be sent back to the projector via the HDMI cable, eliminating the need for a separate audio cable.

Urteil

The 325ES is much more cinematic than any other recently tested projector. Would I buy it? That’s the real question. It is expensive. That’s an amount that could buy a decent used car, pay most of the down payment on a house, or travel anywhere in the world for about three months.

As much as I love how incredible the 325ES looks, I would think more than twice before spending my own money on it. I’m sure there are many of you reading this who wouldn’t blink if you spent that amount on the image quality possible with the 325ES.

FAQs

1.Welche Wurfweite hat der Sony VPL-VW325ES?

Der Sony VPL-VW325ES hat ein Projektionsverhältnis von 1,38 – 2,83:1, was bedeutet, dass er ein großes Bild aus relativ kurzer Entfernung projizieren kann. Die genaue Wurfweite hängt von der Größe des Bildes ab, das Sie projizieren möchten.

2.Wie hoch ist das Kontrastverhältnis des Sony VPL-VW325ES?

Der Sony VPL-VW325ES hat ein dynamisches Kontrastverhältnis von 350.000:1, was bedeutet, dass er gleichzeitig tiefes Schwarz und helles Weiß erzeugen kann, was zu einem lebendigeren und realistischeren Bild führt.

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