Sony's brightest-ever 4K projector heads up its new 2020 line-up

Sony's brightest-ever 4K projector heads up its 2020 home cinema range
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Sony has today introduced three new models to its home cinema projector line-up, spearheaded by the all-new flagship VPL-GTZ380 4K laser projector.

Based on Sony's pro projector design, but in a smaller footprint, the VPL-GTZ380 (pictured top) debuts the company's X1 Ultimate picture processor, an optimised-for-projector version of the X1 processor found in Sony Bravia TVs.

The processor powers an object-based HDR remastering tool that, as its name suggests, aims to enhance details and colours specifically based on the type of object in the frame – flowers, faces, hands etc. Two databases work together in real-time to clean up noise and upscale, too. Sony's Super Resolution reality creation processing has also been souped-up to improve detail enhancement and the upscaling of lower-than-4K material to a 4096 x 2160 resolution.

Like every projector in Sony's line-up, the VPL-GTZ380 utilises the three-panel (red, blue and green) SXRD system. The panels are paired with an enhanced laser light engine design, comprising a new 'deep red' laser, which Sony says requires less colour filtering and therefore minimises losses in brightness. As a result, Sony promises 100 per cent coverage of the DCI-P3 colour gamut.

The VPL-GTZ380 arrives as Sony's brightest-ever SXRD projector, with a 10,000-lumen peak brightness – quite the eye-dazzler considering a 3000-lumen peak brightness is pretty high for a home cinema model.

The Sony VPL-GTZ380 will be available in January for a cool £79,999.

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Two further new – and more palatably priced – native 4K additions come in the form of the VPL-VW590 (lamp) and VPL-VW790 (laser), available now and costing £6999 (AU$11,999) and £11,999 (AU$22,999) respectively.

They replace the VPL-VW570 and VPL-VW760, coming into Sony's home cinema range above the VPL-HW65ES and 2019 What Hi-Fi? Award-winning VPL-VW270ES, and below the VPL-VW870ES and VPL-VW5000ES – all four of which are existing models that remain in Sony's line-up for the foreseeable.

Both debut the X1 for Projector processor – a less advanced version of the X1 Ultimate for Projector chipset found in the VPL-GTZ380 – which power a new Dynamic HDR Enhancer for improved delivery of HDR10 and HLG material, as well as the Super Resolution processing mode.

The VPL-VW590's lamp can output 1800 lumens, while the VPL-VW790's laser source can hit 2000 lumens and has the benefit of a 20,000-hour lifespan.

All three new models sport HDMI 2.0b connections for 4K playback at up to 60 frames per second, albeit not the 120fps that some PS5 games will be available in.


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.