Aside, perhaps, from Panasonic ’s announcement that it’s going to launch its first OLED TV, the biggest news from the recent IFA show in Berlin was the unstoppable growth of high dynamic range (HDR) technology. Almost every AV brand had some HDR-related news to share – and in Sony ’s case this news included the launch of the world’s first HDR-capable 4K projector.
The projector in question is the VPL-VW520ES: Sony’s new mid-range 4K replacement for last year’s outstanding VW500ES. And now, having brought you news of its unveiling a few days ago, I can share my first impressions of how this exciting new home cinema machine actually performs.
The half hour or so I got to spend watching the VW520ES strut its HDR 4K stuff chiefly comprised a 4K but non-HDR scene from The Blacklist, plus the Times Square sequence of Amazing Spider-Man 2 shown first in HDR, then in standard dynamic range (SDR), and then in HDR again.