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Sony’s VPL-VW1000ES 4K home theater projector signals the end of 1080p

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Sony VW1000ES 4K projector
Sony VW1000ES 4K projector

In tacit admission that 1080p's days are numbered, Sony just announced a 4K projector for the home. Yes, the home. While Sony's been pushing 4K into digital cinemas for years, the VPL-VW1000ES is the company's first projector designed explicitly for home theater aficionados. The VW1000ES starts with a new SXRD 4K panel and Iris3 technology to generate some serious dynamic contrast hyperbole (1,000,000:1, according to the Sony press release). The projector can push an impressive 2,000 lumens of light onto a 200-inch diagonal screen while upscaling SD or HD, and 2D or 3D content for 4K playback. An integrated IR transmitter drives Sony's TDG-PJ1 active shutter 3D glasses while additional features allow for flexible placement and expert integration into existing home automation systems. Look for it to go on sale in December for the price of a small but coveted patent portfolio.