Sony 4K SXRD Home Cinema ProjectorGET IT
There’s no shortage of TV ads trying to upsell larger screens in the weeks leading to the Super Bowl, that annual American celebration of nachos, gambling, and judging commercials. And for last year’s game, I went really big—Sony-projector-big.
Like many, a lot of my interactions with projectors have been at movie theaters or the occasional presentation at the office, so I didn’t really know what to expect. While the lighting in my living room is somewhat controlled, it’s not a dark as a dedicated home theater, which is where something like this Sony is designed to shine.
After spending some time setting up a portable screen, and running wires for speakers and a subwoofer to the AV receiver (this projector doesn’t have built-in sound) we sat down to some pre-game action. Images from this projector are crisp, even in a less than ideal room flooding with light. Typically, most 4K projectors used tech to boost the lower than true 4K resolution up, making it look better on the screen. Why? Because true 4K projectors were simply too expensive for most homeowners, until recently. This projector is priced at the entry-level end of the true 4K market.
With 8.8 million pixels and a lamp cranking out 1,500 lumens of brightness, the game had very saturated resolution. During commercials, I was surprised by the solid black level performance, which is something that you’ll need for 4K movies. Sitting next to the projector the cooling fan was pretty quiet and only noticeable in high lamp mode.
But maybe the best part is how easily it suits two kinds of movie watchers. If you want to geek out on the setting and fine tune the image, you can. But, if you just want to watch the game, you can pick between a range of preset settings. — Sal Vaglica, Senior Editor
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