The Best 4K Projector!
The VPL-VW1100ES is a flagship projector in every sense—from its second-to-none lens to its phenomenal accuracy.
Two and a half years have already passed since Sony’s initial salvo into the 4K projector world, the VPL-VW1000ES. It earned top marks, and was called the best projector ever seen. Now, three years later, Sony has a new flagship, the VPL-VW1100ES, which includes an upgrade to the latest HDMI 2.0 connection standard and some video-processing refinements. It retains the core components of the old model but takes advantage of the small market of consumer 4K content available today.
The new projector looks exactly the same from the outside as the old VPL-VW1000ES, with some minor changes on the inside. Its massive, dominating chassis, finished in a textured matte black, surrounds a huge, custom, all-glass lens dubbed the ARC-F. When the projector is not in use, the lens is protected by an automated cover that slides in front of it.
As with most Sony projectors, you’ll find the hookups and physical interface buttons along the side of the chassis. Sony includes a pair of HDMI 2.0 inputs (more on this later), an RGB input, and a component video input, along with a 3D RF sync jack, LAN and RS-232 connections, and IR and trigger ports. Operating controls on the chassis include an on/off switch, lens adjustment, input keys, and a simple rocker interface for navigating the setup menus.
A big benefit to the new HDMI ports on the VPL-VW1100ES is the inclusion of HDCP 2.2—required if you plan to take advantage of Sony’s FMP-X10 4K video server and the company’s Video Unlimited 4K download service, presently one of the only real sources for 4K content. There’s little doubt that future prerecorded 4K movie content will require at least HDCP 2.2, if not some other future standard of copy protection. The Sony VPL-VW600ES and VPL-VW1100ES are the only projectors on the market today that I’m aware of that feature this copy protection support.
Inside, the VPL-VW1100ES uses the same full 4K (4096 x 2160) SXRD (that is, LCOS) display devices that were featured in the previous model.