The outlook: The country's first 4K projector with HDMI 2.0, the 600ES is the "affordable" version of Sony's flagship, $28,000 VPL-VW1000ES. The 600ES is specced for a lower light output than the 1100ES, but it otherwise looks very similar, and shares the same sweet, sweet 4K resolution.
Although 4K is largely superfluous in smaller screen sizes like 55-inch TVs (unless you sit very close), on a 100-inch projector image all those extra pixels should really have an impact. Sony's 4K upconversion process -- which will get plenty of use for the time being since 4K content is so rare--is solid based on what we saw on its 84-inch TV. Add to that the great contrast of Sony's LCoS-based, SXRD chips, as seen on models like the VPL-HW50ES we reviewed earlier, and the 500ES looks like a real stunner on paper.
The icing on the cake is HDMI 2.0. The new standard ensures compatibility with faster-frame-rate video, like computer games, in 4K.
October 2, 2013 11:43 AM PDT
| Caption by: David Katzmaier
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