Say OK to 4K Projection in 2019

Want a reason to treat yourself to 4K projection this year? How about 8.8 million reasons? Because that’s how many pixels you’ll enjoy with a Sony 4K SXRD™ projector, for true HD cinema resolution in the comfort of your own home.


First things first. The market for in-home 4K projectors is still relatively small. Sony is the only manufacturer of true 4K at an economical price point. Now JVC has joined ranks with its first foray outside the "e-shift" or pseudo 4K projection model with a new trio of lamp-based native 4K projectors, the base model being the DLA-N5. At this point in history, there are three main technologies used for projection – DLP, LCD, and LED. For the sake of the 4K projection angle, I'm going to talk about DLP and LED and the difference between the two.

DLP, or digital light processing, is the registered name for display technology coined by Texas Instruments after the company named a DMD chip. It works through the use of millions of tiny mirrors, each representing a pixel. DLP projectors have a hard drive inside them spinning a color wheel that delivers colors to the DLP chip.

LCD is an acronym for liquid crystal display. These projectors have an RGB color device inside the projector so you have no moving parts. 

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Sony: the Original 4k 

Sony upped its already impressive game in 2005 when it introduced the world’s first 4K projector to meet the demand of modern cinema, appealing to both motion picture studios and theater owners alike. It was only a matter of time before Sony matched the big picture cinema experience to that of an equally impressive home theater projector. 

Sony’s home theater projectors use the same proprietary 4K SXRD™ panel technology the motion picture industry's digital cinema projectors use in theaters across the world. This technology ensures the highest possible contrast ratio - arguably pristine in cinema and very equal in a home theater.

Optoma DLP  

Texas Instruments' DLP® technology arguably revolutionized projection, too. At the heart of every Optoma projector is a DLP® chip

Make no mistake, there’s nothing shabby about DLP projectors. The picture quality is outstanding. However, it is noticeably different from 4K projection. Sometimes, single-chip DLP projectors produce what users call a rainbow effect; personally, I've had a lot of eye surgeries so I experience this myself. Not everyone does. 

Another big reason for the image superiority comes from the chip system. True 4K projectors use a single DLP chip that delivers alignment-free projection for perfect image convergence. You get the highest possible contrast ratios, darker black-levels, more brilliant whites, and unprecedented, rich color depth. Oh man, I want to sit down and watch a movie just thinking about it!

It's All About the Numbers 

If you're undecided about which way to go, seeing is believing. On our showroom floor, we carry both the Sony and Optoma projectors. Our home theater experts can show you the difference between the two. It comes down to numbers, about a half-million of them, in the pixel count between the two. There's also a YouTube video comparison of Optoma UHZ65 and Sony365 that points out the differences. 

It's 2019. The world of home theater has never had it so good, and the choice for projection becomes as clear as a 4K image. If you’re ready to turn a room in your house into an intimate movie-theater environment, lean on experts to guide you toward the unit that’s perfect for your needs, and to set up your system for flawless performance. Then pop some popcorn, kick back, and enjoy vibrant 4K resolution and realism that’ll knock your socks off.

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Published on Mar 30, 2019 9:32:00 AM

Topics: Insider, Entertainment, Technology
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