NEWS: See Spiderman 3 (and Ocean's 13) on Sony’s awesome 4K super-HD projector

If you think Blu-ray and HD DVD images look great, wait until you see Sony’s 4K high-definition projection system in action. We’ve just watched Spiderman 3 on the system, and believe us, it’s awesome! The picture resolution is twice that of high-definition TV.

Sony has kitted out three screens at the Odeon in Guildford with its 4K system as part of the company’s D-Cinema project, and after the success of Spiderman 3 has just begun showing Ocean’s 13 in HD as well. “The ‘wow’ factor of this new super high-definition CineAlta projection system is incredible,” says Sony’s Carl Pring. “The pictures are stunning – much better than you achieve on even our best home cinema systems.”

Sony's 4k projector is a beast of a machine – here are a few of key stats:

  • 4096 x 2160 picture resolution (double that of HDTV)
  • 8 million pixels vs 2 million for HDTV
  • 1.5m high
  • 1.4m deep
  • weighs 300Kg

At its heart sits a 4.2kW bulb (the average household bulb is 60W) and light from here is bounced off mirrors and through a prism to be split into red, green and blue streams. Each of these then goes through a 1.55in flat-panel display based on Sony’s SXRD (Silicon Crystal Display) technology before being combined and magnified through a lens as wide as a man’s hand.

And the best news is that you can see the system in action yourself by booking a ticket at the Odeon Guildford (0871 22 44 007).

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.