Sony VPL-XW7000ES im Test – connect

If you want to use the huge radiance in the living room, buy the device in white. It is also available in black for the dark home cinema basement.
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Pro
  • natives Ultra-HD
  • very brilliant laser
  • variable motorized optics
  • very good image processing with clean colors
  • 3D

Contra
  • hardly any automatic HDR adjustment

Conclusion

connect verdict: very good (571 out of 650 points); connect “highlight”


88,0%

When we looked at the smaller (here is our test) of the new home cinema projectors from Sony, we were very enthusiastic about how sharp and true-color a projector image has become for 6000 euros. For the use of a laser as a light source, the device was even considered to be comparatively cheap.

The more compact, newly designed alternator touches down three SXRD chips on, which now offer precise Ultra HD resolution for the first time, instead of delivering a little more width with 4096 × 2160 pixels. The chips are only 0.61” in size, which is why Sony was able to build the devices a little smaller. Sure it helps the form factor too, that Laser are used as light sources, which obviously produce less waste heat than metal vapor lamps.

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The reference mode lives up to the name. It’s just adjusted to leave no headroom for white clipping. Contrast to 97 and it fits.
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They deliver an ultra-pure deep blue and illuminate phosphor, which in turn adds the light frequencies of red and green. The purer these three primary colors are, the fewer yellow or cyan wavelengths have to be filtered out or immediately converted into heat. We already saw that Sony is very good at this with the VPL-XW5000, which did not get hot with a comparatively high light output and remained nice and quiet.

It gets even better

Why are we rehashing these facts that we explained at the time? Quite simply: the big brother VPLXW7000 not only looks confusingly similar to the VPL-XW5000 tested at the time, but is also largely based on identical technologies. However, Sony not only wants to offer the cheapest native UHD laser projector on the market, but also the best.

Optimal settings: Sony VPL-XW7000ES

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Category Wert
image mode Reference
Laser SDR:80, HDR:100
realism A
Motionflow True Cinema
Contrast 97
brightness 50
colour 50
sharpness 50
Gamma correction out
color temp D65
RGB-Gain 6, -3, 8
RGB-Offset. 1, 0, -4
lineup With 2.1x zoom and large lens shift, the suspension succeeds everywhere. Thanks to Motorik, cinemascope and anamorphic are also topics.
Gaming 120 fps are possible with Full HD, the latency at 60Hz is 29 ms.

That’s why the big 7000 contains everything that was saved in the small one, and some details have also been expanded and implemented in a higher quality. While the actual SXRD panels that create the pixels are the same, the quality, size and design of the optical lenses are critical to bringing the image sharp and high-contrast to the screen in all positions and settings.

Besides the laser diodes, the biggest difference between the Sony brothers is this fully motorized lens. If you still have to set the zoom, focus and lens shift manually on the 5000 series, the 7000 series has the luxurious motors you are used to from the older 4K projectors. Zooms for various image formats can then also be started or switched on via memory Anamorphot integrate into the light path for cinemascope – the latter of course externally.

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In addition to two HDMI 2.0 control options are mandatory. An optional transmitter can be connected for 3D movies
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All this is more in the high-end area, where the installation of a home cinema quickly costs six figures. The spartan VPL-XW5000 is far too cheap in relation to the box system and interior design, and it doesn’t matter that the more intelligent look of the VW7000 costs a whopping 9000 euros more. The largest screens are used here, and the new Sony can really score big here.

As already indicated, the laser cannon is of a different caliber than that of its little brother, and in fact it does a whopping fifty percent more magic light output out. Those specified by Sony 3200 Lumen could easily be measured in the laboratory, and not in the completely absurd “bright” mode, as with so many other manufacturers, but perfectly calibrated in a reference look suitable for the studio.

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With over 2000 lumens, the XW5000 delivered almost as much luminosity as last year’s model VPLVW890, which cost 25,000 euros, but the XW7000 is now entering professional dimensions. The fact that he achieves this not only with better optics (Advanced Crisp Focus lens with aspherical 70 mm lens, extra low dispersion glass) but also with more powerful lasers can be seen from the power consumption.

It draws instead of the 258 watts of its little brother 361 Watt from the socket when the laser is at maximum power. Logically, the device then also gets a little warmer, but with the laser light set to 80 it hardly gets darker, but it is very quiet. The laser control works perfectly. It can be adjusted in fine steps and optionally adapts to the scene brightness. This creates an almost infinite on/off contrast, but we liked the more subtle dimming of the “Limited” setting better. Dark scenes, especially with HDR, didn’t get too dark here.

Test results: Sony VPL-XW7000ES

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Category Points
Picture quality: 407 out of 435 points
Furnishing: 70 out of 100 points
Service: 45 out of 55 points
Processing: 49 out of 60 points
In total: 571 out of 650 points, very good

In general, the perceived Contrast always and everywhere far superior to any DLP device, but does not stand out excessively from the much cheaper XW5000. When it comes to sharpness, the 7000 cannot outperform it either. The optics have larger zoom and shift ranges, but the edge sharpness is no better. However, our assessment could be clouded by the fact that the brand new sample device arrived somewhat damaged. There was also an error in the video processing of some HDMI formats, which resulted in color shadows, i.e. blurring. That wasn’t the case with the XW5000, and Sony should have ironed that out soon enough to let the device shine in all its glory.

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When it comes to colors and image processing, Sony doesn’t skimp on anything in SDR. All measurements provide here reference values, as far as the naturalness of colors is concerned, as well as strong contrasts. Plus a good one motion smoothing plus the finely adjustable sharpening “Reality Creation“. The device again benefits from the unique Prozessor „X1 Ultimate for projector“. However, the gain in HDR films is not perfect here either – a tiresome topic in the entire projector market. Instead of the promised 95% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space, the Sony only achieves 90% in the laboratory, reduced by a suboptimal deep red.

That Tonemapping (Clipping) of HDR can easily be adjusted manually using the contrast slider and gamma, but the competitor JVC is significantly better at automatically adapting the image to metadata and actual scene brightness. That’s not to say the HDR image isn’t among the best we’ve seen from a projector, though. It impresses with a great brilliance with the greatest possible contrast range (image dynamics), which is substantially necessary for HDR. Besides, the XW7000 can too 3D.

Conclusion

Anyone who wants to implement a particularly large and impressive home cinema will appreciate the enormous light intensity of this laser beamer. Thanks to its motor optics, it also fills screens in cinemascope format, where 16:9 is already limited by the room height. Sony also charges a luxury price for solving such luxury problems. But even for a little more money you won’t find anything with a similar brilliance and sharpness.

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