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We advised this $35K Sony projector with old internet videos

Remember the old days of the internet? When you had to  videos? Yes, those times sure were both arresting and awful times. And this got me cerebration – could we amalgamate the worlds? And watch old internet videos on modern new tech?

I mean, yes. Of course you can, that’s a stupid question.

That’s not going to stop me reviewing the $34,999.99 (lol) Sony VPL-VW870ES/VPL-VW995ES 4K projector by watching shitty old internet videos on it though.

Buckle in.

This sounds dumb, but fine. First question: who would buy such an big-ticket projector?

Sony’s projector is aimed at small venues – such as event spaces – or the home cinema enthusiast. Yes, $35,000 is a lot of money, but this is a austere bit of kit.

Oh, a quick note – this device is known the VPL-VW870ES in Europe (where we tested it) and the VPL-VW995ES in the US. We’re going to use the latter for the rest of the piece.

Got you. So, go on, what are the specs like?

Threateningly hearty. It weighs 22kg, uses a Z-Phosphor laser light source, and has a accurateness of 2,200 lumens. In real world terms, this means it’ll work for a home cinema set-up with some ambient light.

As mentioned, it projects in 4K (which is a resolution of 4096 x 2160) and HDR. On top of that, it also supports 3D – if anyone has any desire for a long dead format.

The VPL-VW995ES should also accomplish at peak accommodation for at least 20,000 hours of connected video playing. Oh, and it accustomed on a crate in a box like this:

Literally can’t tell you how much unwrapping bales of this size excites me.

If you want a more all-embracing briefing of appearance and specs, you can find all that advice here. We’ve got other business to attend to, like what it’s absolutely like.

Fair enough. Then, pray tell, what’s the VPL-VW995ES like?

First things first, it’s big.

Not activity the 22kg of this one bit.

Which is awesome. I don’t want to pay $35,000 for commodity that’s It just seems plain wrong.

In terms of build-quality, the VPL-VW995ES (yes, I’m going to keep apropos to it as that) felt great. It was sturdy, well-manufactured, and just felt like a exceptional bit of hardware.

The projector had a wide range of connections, that – for better or worse – got me excited. In other words, it should make the VPL-VW995ES acceptable for anyone. Well, if you have $35,000 you really want to get rid of.

Check ’em out:

Mmm, love a load of connections.

Very cool.

Damn straight. I was also a big fan of the remote. Mainly because the keys lit up blue when you apprenticed a button. This is acutely so you can ascendancy the projector in dark rooms, but it’s more fun if you think of it as a abiding glow stick.

Simple things, right?

Ugh. So, tell me, how good is the account then.

Oh my, 

Taking pictures of projections doesn’t give you a whole load of advice (or accuracy), but I did it anyway. What, are you gonna come to my house and stop me?

Just so you know, that’s a huge, almost corrective wall it’s projected onto, not a proper roll down background.

It mirrored a brand new Macbook Air’s retina affectation flawlessly, in fine detail, and at a huge size. The image really doesn’t do it justice.

Nice. But what about those videos…

Well, moving images on this beast popped more than albino corks at New Year. Try to ignore the bad grammar (the titles are lifted beeline from YouTube) these are videos I tested the VPL-VW870ES with:

  • Antoine Dodson ‘Hide Yo Kids, Hide Yo Wife’ Interview
  • Charlie bit my finger – again !
  • I Can’t Believe You’ve Done This
  • “Chocolate Rain” Original Song by Tay Zonday’
  • Badger song (Badger badger badger , augment mushroom)
  • Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up (Official Music Video)
  • Salad Fingers 1: Spoons

We can all agree it’s an amaranthine run of classics. So, let’s see how it got on… WITH A GIF MASTER CUT!



What… was the account like?

Beautiful. The colors were rich, the movement was smooth, and they almost looked like they weren’t made over a decade ago on shit equipment.

Let’s round this up – who’s the VPL-VW995ES (or VPL-VW870ES) for?

I’ll put it this way: Sony‘s projector is one of the most admirable and badass things I’ve used. It erect rocks. The account affection was insane, the device was easy-to-use, and I couldn’t find any major flaws. Of course, I did this watching old internet videos, so do with that advice what you will.

Thing is, few people have $35,000 to spend on a projector. If you do? Great! Then this is the device for you and you should definitely buy it. I loved my (short) time with this monstrosity.

But if you, like me, don’t have anywhere near that sorta cash? There’s not much we can do but admire it from afar. Overall though?

Oh, and one last thing: I really miss the old internet.

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Published March 15, 2019 — 16:12 UTC

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