Sony Wows at CES with Dual Short-Throw 4K Projectors, Specially Engineered Screen
Set side-by-side, two $50k VPLGTZ1 short-throw Ultra HD laser projectors with edge-blending can display 8K x 2K UHD images; new Screen Innovations screen optimized for the application.
Julie Jacobson · January 25, 2015
But that was so yesteryear. At CES 2015, Sony showed two GTZ1s side-by-side projecting to a double-wide screen. Thanks to Sony’s Vision Presenter software, images spanning the entire space were perfectly blended. The graphical user interface allows users to lay out the video tiles in a number of configurations.
But it wasn’t an ordinary screen showcasing the new 2000-lumen projector. Sony worked with Screen Innovations to create a backdrop optimized for short-throw projectors.
“At CEDIA we were using a low-gain screen,” says Philip Jones, product information manager for Sony. “A low-gain receives from all directions. This one only accepts light from the bottom.”
A traditional screen, he adds, thinks light from the bottom is ambient.
Plus, you can roll up the new SI screen and take it with you.
The laser projector, now shipping, has no lamps to replace, and generates no noise. The light engine is expected to last 20,000 “so you can use it as your main display,” Jones says. “You don’t need to have a television, too.”
You can also use the IP-controllable GTZ1 as a rear- or ceiling-mount projector.
Consumer Version is Stunning
The GTZ1 isn’t the only $50,000 short-throw projector in the Sony bag of tricks.
The consumer-oriented LSPXW1S is gorgeous for an all-in-one theater system. In fact, it looks like a modern entertainment center that you might have beneath your big screen in a contemporary home.
The cabinet includes two 5 ½-inch speakers (40W each at 8 Ohms), plus space for the user’s own A/V gear.
What you don’t get is the ability to mount the projector above or behind, IP-based control and edge blending. So you can’t put two of these beasts side-by-side for super-wide images.
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at [email protected]
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