Sony’s 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector LSPX-W1S

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Sitting less than one foot from the wall and projecting a 147 inch 4K image, this is an interesting projector for sure.  At $50,000 it’s out of reach of most consumers but hopefully within a few short years there will me a more reasonable prospect.

This new projector utilizes laser technology rather than the conventional xenon lamps.  Laser projection appears to have several advantages over xenon projection including better brightness, lamp life, and energy efficiency.

You can read more about this project on Sony’s page for the LSPX W1S.

 

 

Sony XBR-X900C 4K TV

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Amazingly thin at its thinnest spot (0.2 inches thick), and being offered in 55 and 65 inch sizes this is an interesting TV from Sony.  It includes Android TV, a new image processor, Triluminous technology (Sony’s equivalent of Quantum Dot), and most of the other features you would expected.  However, we were saddened that local dimming capabilities were not carried over from X900B model.

OLED will still outperform this set but it’s a worthy contender.

Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player (FMP-X10)

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Expensive at $699 but full-featured, the Sony FMP-X10 is Sony’s attempt at a premium 4K media player.  It includes a 1TB hard-drive, streaming with Sony’s service and Netflix and all the other usual features you would expect (includes free titles, USB ports, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and so forth).

The reviews for this unit have been mixed.  It’s not clear if the price is the greatest issue, compatibility issues in the world of all things 4K, firmware support, or something else.

New Firmware for Sony FDR-AX100

The Sony FDR AX100 is quite a unique video camera.  It’s not without its faults but having a 1-inch sensor along with 4K resolution and an unusual amount of 8-bit detail retention created a unique product.  If put in the hands of a competent videographer who knows how to expose for this camera, the image quality truly is amazing (after some post-processing work to pull out the details).  The greatest issue we run into with this camera is around stabilization as we enjoy not using tripods.  The dynamic range is not great on this camera, unfortunately.

The 4K video codec was at 60Mbps but the new firmware allows for 100Mbps as well as some autofocus improvements.  A few people have reported problems or a dead video cameras after attempting to update the firmware; it’s not clear if this was an isolated event or user error or something else.

The biggest advantage of this new firmware should be a reduction of macroblocking in complex and busy scenes.

Sony’s 2015 4K TV Lineup Price Leak

Model Size Highlight Price
XBR-75X940C 75-inch Full-array local dimming $7,999
XBR-65X930C 65-inch Edge-lit local dimming $4,499
XBR-75X910C 75-inch Thin bezel $4,999
XBR-65X900C 65-inch Thin bezel, cabinet $3,999
XBR-55X900C 55-inch Thin bezel, cabinet $2,499
XBR-75X850C 75-inch Triluminous color $4,999
XBR-65X850C 65-inch Triluminous color $3,499
XBR-55X850C 55-inch Triluminous color $2,199
XBR-49X830C 49-inch 4K resolution $1,599
XBR-43X830C 43-inch 4K resolution $1,299