Update: A first look that includes some calibration results (SDR for now) can be found here: First Look: Sony VPL-VW285ES 4K HDR Projector
Of all the products to debut at CEDIA 2017, none arrived with a bigger bang that Sony's VPL-VW285ES projector. Finally, there's a true 4K projector that (barely) ducks beneath the symbolic $5000 barrier.
I received a review unit of the 285ES from Sony this past Friday (October 20, 2017) and have just now gotten it up and running in my home theater. I'm beginning the first look immediately, at first it'll just be observations in the comments. This will encompass a quick profiling and calibration with CalMan, as well as some first impressions of watching movies and sports plus playing video games with it.
Notably, I bought an Apple TV 4K on the day the projector arrived explicitly so that I could discuss how it gets along with the 285ES.
Here are a few details that perhaps can get a good discussion going:
- I'm using a 120" (horizontal) 2.40:1 aspect Stewart Filmscreen StudioTek 130 non-perf screen to project upon.
- The Oppo UDP-203 serves as the UHD Blu-ray player.
- An Apple TV 4K takes care of 4K/UHD HDR streaming.
- A Roku 4 handles SDR streaming.
- Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro provides the gaming graphics.
- I'm using a CalMan + Colorimetry Research calibration kit.
- Prior to installing the VPL-VW285ES I was using a VPL-VW365ES.
- I can take high-quality photos of the screen.
- I don't have an anamorphic lens.
- I'm not looking to usurp the other discussions on the 285ES, but rather to add to them.
- I will build this First Look into a full review.
- In the first week of November I'm swapping this projector for a VPL-VW885ES.