Sony VPL-XW5000ES 4K HDR Beamer Test

The Sony VPL-XW5000ES is the most affordable true native 4K laser projector the home theater industry has ever seen and represents a game changer for the projector industry.

To be explicit, the word „indigenous“ does significant work there. Several DLP laser projectors are cheaper than Sony’s and would advertise themselves as 4K projectors. However, they use „double flashing“ technology to produce a 4K image rather than the digital mirror devices‘ native 3840×2160 arrays from DLP.

Characteristics

  • Up to 2,000 lumens of brightness, generated by a long-lasting laser light source, for vivid images even on a large screen.
  • Der VPL-XW5000ES unterstützt 4K 60Hz Eingang mit einer Eingangsverzögerung unter 21ms und 2K 120Hz Eingang mit einer Eingangsverzögerung unter 13ms
  • Native 4K SXRD panel offers full 4K resolution with 3,840 x 2,160 pixels
  • Flagship-Level X1 Ultimate für Projektor bringt Ihnen das Beste aus Sonys Bildverarbeitung
  • Ultrareine und zuverlässige Laser-Lichtquelle, mit der Sie perfekt klare 4K-Bilder bei optimaler Helligkeit für bis zu 20.000 Stunden ununterbrochene Stunden genießen können.
  • Sehen Sie mit TRILUMINOS PRO über eine Milliarde Farben zum Leben erwachen. Unser einzigartiger TRILUMINOS PRO Algorithmus kann Farbe von Sättigung, Farbton und Helligkeit erkennen, um natürliche Farbtöne in jedem Detail wiederzugeben.
  • Enjoy spectacular brightness and breathtaking realism, thanks to the new Wide Dynamic Range optics, which achieve a 95% DCI-P3 wide color spectrum and 2,000 lumens of high brightness

specification

MarkeSony
Maximale Displayauflösung3840 x 2160
AnzeigetypLCoS
Artikelmaße L x B x H25.67 x 18.1 x 15.4 Zoll
BefestigungsartDeckenmontage

Vorteile

  • Atemberaubend detaillierte native 4K-Bilder
  • Beeindruckende Schwarzwerte und Kontraste
  • Hervorragende Bildbearbeitung

Nachteile

  • Schlechte manuelle Objektivsteuerung
  • Dunkle HDR-Szenen können Details verlieren
  • Keine 4K/120Hz-Gaming-Unterstützung

Design

Sony VPL-XW5000ES

Compared to the brand’s previous 4K laser projectors, the XW5000ES is significantly smaller and lighter, making it easier to handle and install. However, rather than considering the XW5000ES as a casual living room projector, we still strongly advise considering it a severe projector for a dedicated home theater room.

It’s also important to note that the XW5000ES’s improved cooling system allows for hushed operation, even when the HDR source is taxing it. The XW5000ES is available in black or white for different room designs and installation locations.

Key Features

In case you missed it the first time. The XW5000ES combines laser lighting with Sony’s exclusive SXRD projection technology to deliver native 4K resolution.

Although this sums up the main features of the XW5000ES, there are many other notable things to discuss. Let’s start with the reality that, despite being reasonably priced by 4K laser projector standards, it still benefits from Sony’s new X1 Ultimate processing.

The X1 Ultimate platform adds many features previously only accessible with Sony’s extremely expensive GTZ380 flagship projector. The previous X1 processor for projectors, found on the VW290ES in 2021, offered these features. Object-based HDR remastering, object-based resolution enhancement, sharper reality creation, and critical dynamic HDR enhancer features were present.

Images should appear more three-dimensional and natural thanks to this processor’s ability to break them down into separate components, each of which can be treated differently rather than the entire image in the same way, especially with Sony’s long-standing Reality Creation feature, which offers the best sharpness-enhancing part for projections worldwide.

However, the Dynamic HDR Enhancer is arguably the most critical component of the XW5000ES’s processing engine. It examines incoming content to identify relatively bright highlights and increase their intensity without affecting or altering other aspects of the image.

The Dynamic HDR Enhancer has three strength settings: Low, Medium, and High. It can also be turned off completely. Most viewers will prefer to keep it paused, probably on the medium setting.

Modi

The XW5000ES also benefits from a new Triluminos Pro color engine. Sony claims it can cover up to 95% of the DCI-P3 color space used in digital cinema. The projector’s image preset list also reveals an additional new feature: an IMAX Enhanced mode. The projector can deliver prominent images of IMAX Enhanced content while respecting the unique mastering method used to produce these images.

The laser illumination of the XW5000ES is certified for a maximum light output of 2000 lumens. That’s an excellent 500 lumens more than its predecessor, VW290ES. It could change the way HDR sources produce images.

Farben

Three new 0.61-inch SXRD chips, the smallest ever made by Sony, are combined with the additional light. These new SXRD chips are more reflective and provide a more uniform surface than their predecessors. In addition, contrast, color accuracy, and color gradations are improved. It could result in sharper, more detailed images.

The XW5000ES lens is a 10-piece 54mm aspherical design with a dispersion ratio between 1:1.38 and 2.21. This is a good specification. However, it’s important to note that the step-up XW7000ES adds a 13-piece 70mm aspherical lens. It also increases the brightness of the laser lighting engine to a whopping 3200 lumens.

The XW5000ES’s ports are decent for a projector in its price range, as they include a 9-pin remote port, a 3.5mm IR input, Ethernet, and two HDMIs connected via a 12V trigger output. These ports also make integrating the projector into larger home management systems easier.

The XW5000ES lens is a 10-piece 54mm aspherical design with a dispersion ratio between 1:1.38 and 2.21. It is a good specification. However, it’s important to note that the step-up XW7000ES adds a 13-piece 70mm aspherical lens. It also increases the brightness of the laser lighting engine to a whopping 3200 lumens.

The XW5000ES’s ports are decent for a projector in its price range, as they include a 9-pin remote port, a 3.5mm IR input, Ethernet, and two HDMIs connected via a 12V trigger output. These ports also make integrating the projector into larger home management systems easier.

Bildqualität

The image quality of the XW5000ES does its best to make you immediately forget any setup and functionality shortcomings. The improvement it offers over the already outstanding VW290ES is so significant that it completely changes the standards for projectors in its price range.

It is due in part to the wider color gamut and increased brightness made possible by the switch to laser but also mainly to the new X1 Ultimate processor, which proves to be astronomically efficient in things by projection industry standards. Image processing has historically lagged behind televisions.

Pictures of the XW5000ES look so good right out of the box that it takes some time. Specify what the projector does well before you break it down into parts.

Ultimately, black levels and local contrast prove to be worthwhile investigations. Not least because they quickly dispelled our fears before the test that Sony might need help portraying dark scenes convincingly. But only after introducing laser illumination at such an unprecedented price for SXRD projection.

However, black levels are excellent when you use either of the two Cinema Film settings at the top of Sony’s presets list. Red or blue undertones can affect dark images on many other projectors, but not on this one. It is deep, rich, and neutral-toned. The most vivid aspects of the image are not marred by the stuttering color noise of the „rainbow effect.“ It is often present on competing DLP projectors.

Licht

It is beautiful to discover that any significant changes in laser power occur “between cuts” rather than during a shot. As a result, apparent jumps in brightness or flickering cause you to lose focus.

The only exception to this rule is how the lasers appear turned off during fades to black in the Cinema Film 1 and 2 image presets, which usually produce the most exciting photos overall. It can lead to annoying jumps in light when the lasers are switched on and off. Fortunately, you can prevent this without disturbing other parts of the image. You can start by changing the Dynamic Control feature from Full to Limited in the XW5000ES Laser Light Setting menu.

With its astonishing sharpness, the XW5000ES stands out from the competition’s cheaper „4K“ laser projectors. Native 4K video appears even more detailed, dense, three-dimensional, and sharper, possibly due to the new SXRD chip. The to be taken into account.

Performance

The XW5000ES‘ improved processor also helps it deliver phenomenal upscaled HD picture quality. The HD images of most of its 4K competitors look soft and artificial.

Even better, Sony’s already class-leading motion handling has been kicked up a notch under the watch of the X1 Ultimate processor. The standard True Cinema mode is undoubtedly the most compelling cinematic motion setting on any projector. It does a perfect job of gently massaging away the distractions that 24fps sources can cause on home entertainment hardware without turning films into EastEnders.

Although 4K/120Hz is not supported, the XW5000ES offers a fantastic gaming experience. You gain a new respect for the graphics standards we now enjoy from the latest consoles and PCs when you combine detail, contrast, color nuances, and 4K purity. It’s hard to believe that the 1080p/120Hz feeds we tested weren’t 4K/120Hz because the XW5000E’s imaging engine is so excellent.

Final verdict

The fact that Sony is offering a full-fledged 4K laser projector at this price comes with some inevitable compromises. Still, those compromises are ultimately offset by the ecstatic impact of the XW5000ES’s laser illumination and exceptional X1 Ultimate processing on your short-term, Long-term, and long-term movie night thrills.

FAQs

1. Ist der Artikel lange haltbar?

Der Artikel hat eine lange Haltbarkeit.

2. Wie dunkel muss der Raum sein?

Wie dunkel, hängt von der Helligkeit des Projektors, der Projektionsentfernung, der Bildschirmgröße und der Bildschirmverstärkung ab. Letztendlich gilt, je dunkler, desto besser, innerhalb praktischer Grenzen.

3. Kann es mit einem 170-Zoll-16:9-Bildschirm für Helligkeit in einer lichtgesteuerten Umgebung umgehen?

Wir haben einen 108 Zoll Bildschirm und sind mit diesem Sony Beamer voll zufrieden.

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