As with previous generations, Sony gave Projector Reviews the opportunity to be one of the first sites to review their brand new, laser light engine based VPL-VW915ES. This unit is the successor to the VW885ES which was highly rated for its outstanding picture quality.
The VW915ES supports both the HDR10 standard as well as HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma). I was excited to review the VW915ES when I learned it was one of three new 4K SXRD projector models that offer frame by frame HDR tone mapping. I have long believed that dynamic tone mapping is absolutely necessary to extract the maximum image quality from HDR10 content. I can confess that the VW915ES produced the best looking HDR picture I have ever seen on my screen in my room.
Sony was the first company to introduce a 4K projector and they still have the widest product selection. Like all Sony 4K HDR home theater projectors, the VW915ES utilizes three SXRD panels to deliver true 4K resolution (4096 x 2160).
The VW915ES retails for $19,999.99 making it the least expensive Sony 4K SXRD projector equipped with a laser light source. Sony claims the VW915ES can produce 2,000 lumens of brightness and the unit’s laser light source has a rated life of 20,000 hours.
The biggest upgrade to the VW915ES is the unit's video processing is now powered by a version of Sony's powerful X1 processor that has been optimized specially for projector applications. This processor is what gives the projector the ability to do frame by frame HDR tone mapping.
A new feature called Dynamic HDR Enhancer powered by the X1 processor combines frame by frame HDR tone mapping with a dynamic iris and precisely modulated laser light source to deliver a massive improvement in HDR reproduction.