Sony VPL-VZ1000ES Projector Review

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Sony VPL-VZ1000ES Projector Review

If you're looking for the best possible projector you can get before you have to start calling yourself a cinema owner, this behemoth from Sony is for you. With every premium spec loaded into a device that won't actually look like a projector on your TV stand, the VPL-VZ1000ES has it all. We recommend this projector for anyone who wants the best of the best and won't settle for anything less.

What Kind of Light Source Does It Use?

This projector uses a phosphorus laser as its light source and should last for about 20,000 hours. It requires no cool down period or replacement lamp.

What Works
  • This is one of the few true 4K projectors on the market. It also supports HDR to allow for the image upscaling on non-4K content.

  • You can put this projector right next to the wall and get an 80 inch screen. Move it away about 8 inches and you have a 120 inch screen that no one's going to block by standing up or reaching for the dip.

  • It's one of the best looking projectors you can find. That isn't saying much, but it is easy for this projector to blend into any other consoles on your TV stand.

  • The size keeps the inside of the projector cool and the fan noise to a minimum.

  • Since it uses a laser light source, you don't need to worry about replacing lamps.

  • The LCoS chip helps people who are sensitive to the rainbow effect.

What Could Be Better

  • Though this is a great projector, the price is a bit high even when considering its many features.

  • This projector doesn't perform well in areas with a lot of ambient light. It can stand up to a decent amount of light, but a bright room washes the picture out, even with the recommended Sony screen.

  • The maximum screen size is 120 inches, so if you were looking to give your local theater a run for their money, look elsewhere.

Warranty and Customer Service

There's a three-year limited warranty that covers repairs and replacements. 

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The Gizmos Team