Sony VPL-VW570ES 4K SXRD projector review and price

Sony VPL-VW570ES 4K SXRD projector review and price

Sony VPL-VW570ES 4K SXRD projector comes with Input Output Terminals: HDMI (2 INPUTS) – Digital RGB/Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr, IR IN – Minijack, LAN – RJ45, 10Base-T/100BASE-TX, REMOTE – RS-232C, D-sub 9-pin (male), TRIGGER (2 INPUTS) – Minijack, DC 12 V Max. 100 mA, USB – DC 5 V, Max. 500 mA. Experience crystal-clear 4K HDR with brightness that lights up the room. With a dynamic contrast ratio of 350,000:1 and Advanced Iris, every scene springs to life with finer detail, realism, and deep blacks. Picture Position Memories let you quickly watch movies in the ideal screen format with ease. Find everything you need to know in Sony VPL-VW570ES 4K SXRD projector review.

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Specifications – Sony VPL-VW570ES 4K SXRD projector

  • Product name: VPL-VW570ES
  • Brand: Sony
  • Type of Projector: SXRD
  • Light Source: Lamp
  • Noise Level (normal mode): 26 dB
  • Picture Resolution: 4096×2160 (4K)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Supported Picture Formats: 2160p
  • HRD: Yes
  • HDR Type: HDR10, HLG(Hybrid Log-Gamma)
  • 3D: Yes
  • 3D Type: 3D
  • E-Shift: No
  • Color Light Output (CLO): Yes
  • Wide Color Gamut (WCG): No
  • Video Frame Rates: 24p, 30p, 50p, 60p
  • Brightness (ANSI): 1800
  • Contrast (dynamic): 350000 :1
  • Minimum Image Size: 60 inches
  • Maximum Image Size: 300 inches
  • Attributes: Auto Calibration, Remote Control
  • Image Settings: Lens Shift, Zoom
  • Lens Shift Adjustment: Horizontal, Vertical
  • Zoom: Powered Optical
  • Optical Zoom Ratio: 2.0 x
  • Focus: Power
  • Eco Mode: No
  • HDCP Version: 2.2
  • Inputs: Audio 3.5mm (mini-jack), Ethernet, HDMI, IR, RS 232, USB
  • Ethernet In: 1
  • HDMI In: 2
  • Audio 3.5mm (mini-jack) In: 1
  • IR In: 1
  • RS 232 In: 1
  • USB In: 1
  • Outputs12v Trigger, 5v DC12v Trigger Out: 1
  • Colour: Black, White
  • Portable: No
  • Power Consumption (Normal): 460.0 W
  • Power Consumption (stand-by): 0.4 W
  • Measures: Width 496 mm, Height 205 mm, Depth 464 mm, Weight 14.0 kg

Sony VPL-VW570ES 4K SXRD projector Price and availability

The Sony VPL-VW570ES is the company’s latest mid-range 4K projector, stepping up from the impressive VW270ES. At £7999, the Sony VPL-VW570ES’s price isn’t exactly a small, incremental increase on the £4999 VW270ES. Fortunately, the addition of a dynamic iris and a healthy chunk of extra brightness just about justifies the extra cost.

Key features – Sony VPL-VW570ES 4K SXRD projector 

Native 4K SXRD™ panel

Featured in Sony’s digital cinema projectors, advanced SXRD (Silicon X-tal Reflective Display) panel technology delivers native 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution images, with more than four times the detail of Full HD. Fine details are wonderfully clear and natural, without jagged edges or visible pixels.

See richer, deeper blacks

Latest SXRD 4K panels deliver even better contrast, as well as native 4K resolution. SXRD projection offers rich, inky blacks, as well as clear cinematic motion and image smoothness. Improvements to the panel’s reflective silicon layer now mean even better light control, for precisely reproduced shadows and blacks.

350,000:1 dynamic contrast for stunning realism

A dynamic contrast of 350,000:1 makes every scene spring to life with fine detail and realism. The powerful video processor is combined with lens iris control to achieve both deep, inky blacks and vibrant colour.

Sony VPL-VW570ES 4K SXRD projector review and price
Sony VPL-VW570ES 4K SXRD projector review and price
Super-resolution Reality Creation

Exclusive Reality Creation technology analyses images right down to the pixel level. It uses powerful pattern-matching algorithms developed over years of movie production to enhance image crispness without increasing digital picture noise. It also upscales existing full HD Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD movies to near 4K quality.

HDMI 18 Gbps compatibility

With an increase in 4K HDR 60P content, the VPL-VW570ES is now HDMI 18 Gbps compatible for smoother expressions of gradations.

4K Motionflow™

The powerful video processor in the VPL-VW570ES offers Motionflow™ for smooth and clear motion even when viewing 4K content. Motionflow adds frames to reduce blur, while maintaining brightness, making it ideal for fast-moving sports content. Cinema purists can choose True Theatre mode to retain the original 24fps.

Sony VPL-VW570ES 4K SXRD projector review and price
Sony VPL-VW570ES 4K SXRD projector review and price
Picture Position Memory stores your settings

Store lens, zoom, and shift settings for up to five screen formats for easy recall. Picture Position Memory remembers key settings so you can quickly watch movies in the ideal format. Match aspect ratios, including 16:9 and Cinemascope, and store these settings in the projector

Dimensions (W x H x D) 496 x 205 x 464 mm

Weight Approx. 14 kg

Sony VPL-VW570ES 4K SXRD projector comparison

VPL-VW695ESVPL-VW295ESVPL-VW995ES
Projection TechnologySXRD (3 Chip)SXRD (3 Chip)SXRD Laser Light Source
ResolutionFull 4K (4096 x 2160)Full 4K (4096 x 2160)Full 4K (4096 x 2160)
High Dynamic Range (HDR)YesYesYes
Brightness1,800 lumens1,500 lumens2,200 lumens
Dynamic Contrast350,000:1N/AInfinite Dynamic Contrast
Reality CreationYes (for 4K)Yes (for 4K)Yes (for 4K)
Picture PositionYesN/AYes
LensStandard 4K LensStandard 4K LensARC-F Lens
Recommended Lamp Cycle6,000 hours6,000 hours20,000 hours
IMAX ENHANCED

Sony VPL-VW570ES 4K SXRD projector review

Design and build quality

When it comes to design, Sony’s 4K projectors always do well to present a combination of “seriousness” with aesthetic appeal – and the VW570ES is no different. Available in white or black, its bodywork combines pleasingly rounded edges with a distinctive and attractive semi-elliptical shape. The large lens benefits from some attractive gold detailing, too.

Its finish is as robust as it is attractive, and its bodywork incorporates an effective cooling “exhaust” without becoming excessively bulky or industrial. The lens is recessed, making it less prone to damage. It’s also motorised, so there’s no need for the chassis to accommodate manual lens and focus adjusters.

Sony VPL-VW570ES – Features

The VW570ES adds Picture Position Memory to the spec of the VW270ES. This lets you set various zoom and focus presets to suit different aspect ratios.

1800 lumens

Let’s focus on what differentiates the VW570ES from its cheaper, VW270ES sibling. First, its maximum brightness is rated at 1800 lumens – up 20% from the VW270ES. Second, it carries a dynamic iris system that should lead to a significant contrast improvement. In fact, while Sony tellingly won’t provide a claimed contrast ratio for the VW270ES, it claims 350,000:1 for the VW570ES. This is an exceptionally high figure.

SXRD imaging chips

Other features carried over from the VW270ES kick off with the use of native 4K SXRD imaging chips. In fact, as is the case with all Sony 4K projectors, you actually get the “true” cinematic 4K ratio of 4096 x 2160. There’s no pseudo 4K stuff going on here. Every one of the VW570ES’s pixels really exists on its SXRD chips.

Color and HDR

The VW570ES also boasts Sony’s Triluminos colour processing, claimed to deliver a wider colour range. Reality Creation processing is on hand to improve sharpness, especially when it comes to upscaling sub-4K sources. There’s a handy processing option, too, for reducing colour banding during HDR viewing.

Then there’s Sony’s new HDR Reference feature. This tries to match as closely as any projector can the original image values of HDR sources. It’s joined by Sony’s older (and excellent) HDR contrast mode, which lets you choose your own balance between brightness and dynamic range.

The VW570ES’s HDMIs support 18Gbps for playback of 60Hz 4K HDR movies. This is particularly important given the projector supports the broadcast-friendly HLG HDR format, as well as the industry standard HDR10 platform.

Given that Sony’s TVs support Dolby Vision, it’s perhaps a shame that the VW570ES does not. But to be fair, nor does any other projector.

Gamers will be pleased to hear that the VW570Es carries an input lag reduction mode that delivers the same low input lag figure as the VW270ES: 30ms.

Sony VPL-VW570ES – Setup

Basic setup of the VW570ES – as in, getting a focused picture on your screen – is a doddle. All the focus, zoom and image-shift lens adjustments can be operated via the remote control. There’s an impressive degree of flexibility to these adjustments, too – especially the large 2.06x optical zoom.

Key setup tips include setting the Contrast Enhancer to high for HDR viewing. Otherwise, dark objects against bright backgrounds look like silhouettes and dark areas look grey. I also set the Dynamic Iris feature to Full. Anything less made hardly any impact – and the Full setting doesn’t go as far as expected.

Moreover, unlike some motorised lens control systems, the VW570ES provides excellent finesse in its adjustments. Moving into the menus, things become more complicated. But for the most part, this is merely a side effect of Sony providing more genuinely useful display options than most rival projectors.

The Contrast HDR feature delivers the best results yet from a Sony projector, although you have to handle it with more care than you do on the VW270ES. Due, presumably, to the way it works with the VW570ES’s dynamic iris system. Basically, you can nudge it up only when you’re also using the dynamic iris system to a maximum of 70. Anything higher leaves black colours looking very grey. Anything below 54, on the other hand, leaves the picture looking excessively dim. This is a much narrower band of effective operation than you get on the VW270ES.

This is a pity, as in other ways HDR Reference’s pictures look punchier than those you get with HDR playback set to Auto. But in the end, the Auto setting’s superior handling of detail in bright HDR areas makes it the all-round better option.

The new HDR Reference mode is an interesting but ultimately flawed option. The issue with it is that in trying to maintain the source’s “true” dynamic range, it tends to clip quite severely in the brightest parts of the picture.

True Cinema was my preferred motion setting (although I’d recommend experimenting with them all). Plus, finally, I’d suggest setting the Smooth Gradation feature to medium. If you don’t, there can be some quite noticeable colour banding in areas of subtle HDR colour blend.

Sony VPL-VW570ES – Performance

The VW570ES is clearly a better performer than the VW270ES, although it’s a slight pity that the Dynamic Iris doesn’t make quite as much impact as I’d have liked.

Sony VPL-VW570ES

Skies and sunsets/rises look more naturally luminous and intense on the VW570ES, and there’s a slightly more dynamic and rich look to bright colours.

The differences between the VW570ES and its cheaper sibling are most pronounced with bright HDR scenes. These benefit from significantly more punch and sparkle on the VW570ES. Peak light areas look brighter without losing as much detail as we usually see with projectors. Provided you avoid the HDR Reference setting, anyway.

The picture is still certainly a compromise by the standards of HDR across the display industry. But it feels less of a compromise than the HDR images of any sub-£10K rival projectors. And less of a compromise than the VW270ES – good for its money although that model was.

It’s important to stress that, currently, no domestic projector is bright enough or delivers a wide enough colour range to do HDR in the way that a high-end TV can. However, the VW570ES delivers the most vibrant and enjoyable HDR picture I’ve seen from any remotely affordable projector.

The VW570ES’s contrast boost comes predominantly from the way it delivers bright objects in mixed light and dark shots with more intensity. Black level differences with the VW270ES aren’t as pronounced as I’d have expected from a Dynamic Iris system.

Provided you’re careful about how you set it up, the VW570ES delivers more contrast than the VW270ES as well. Although, at the same time, I must say I’d hoped for a bit more input from the Dynamic Iris system.

Sony VPL-VW570ES

Personally, though, I think there’s room for a compromise where the Dynamic Iris has a little more impact. Or at least it would have been nice to have a setting option that let me choose to have the Dynamic Iris work more aggressively.

To be fair, I think I can understand where Sony is coming from with this. Some of its previous Dynamic Iris models have received criticism for the way they can cause the picture’s brightness levels to look distractingly unstable. So by not being too aggressive with the VW570ES’s dynamic iris, pictures exhibit obvious brightness “jumps” with only extreme content. (Such as the sequence in Pan on 4K Blu-ray, where a shot of the pirate ship sailing towards a bright sun gives way abruptly to the ship sailing through a dark tunnel.)

The VW570ES’s colour performance is decent with both HDR and SDR content. There’s some seriously impressive subtlety in the tones it can produce, especially – but not exclusively – in bright areas.

As things stand, the VW570ES’s black levels are no match for those you typically get from JVC D-ILA projectors – although, to date, JVC’s HDR projectors haven’t matched the brightness of the VW570ES. And while early “preview” signs are promising, we can’t say for sure if JVC’s upcoming N-series projectors might reverse this trend until we’ve actually tested one.

HDR content with a wide colour gamut looks at least a little more richly saturated than SDR content – despite the projector lacking any real wide colour capabilities. HDR banding, meanwhile, can be largely defeated via the Smooth Gradation tool. Albeit at the cost of a little detail in the areas where the smoothing processing is doing its work.

Talking of detail, this is arguably the VW570ES’s biggest attraction. Its native 4K pixel count does a glorious job of reproducing the four-times-HD resolution of 4K sources. This enables you to enjoy super-sized images without the visible image structure or jagged edges that you get when you blow up HD sources to projector screen sizes.

I should reiterate that with any projector, HDR playback is going to be a compromise. It needs to be said, too, that while the VW570ES manages this compromise exceptionally well, it does so more effectively with HDR material mastered at 1000 nits (which most is) than 4000 nits.

The sheer density of pixels the VW570ES delivers onto your screen also enhances the sense of depth in “view” shots. And it’s great to see, too, that Sony’s motion processing prowess ensures the intense sharpness of the picture isn’t reduced dramatically when there’s motion in the frame.

With 4000-nit sources, dark scenes look noticeably greyer and, as a result, less convincing. There’s also excessive clipping in the brightest areas of 4000-nit sources when using the HDR Reference mode.

The mastering nit value of content makes such a difference to the VW570ES’s performance that I’d recommend partnering one with a Panasonic UB820 or UB9000 4K Blu-ray player. These can adjust the tone-mapping of the pictures before output to suit different display types and brightness levels.

The options available include a Projector setting that tempers 4000-nit sources more effectively to the VW570ES’s capabilities than the projector does itself.

One last thing to note is that the VW570ES kicks out markedly more fan noise when playing HDR than it does with SDR. This isn’t surprising given that the lamp has to run more brightly to do HDR justice. The fan noise is at least smooth and consistent, reducing its distraction potential. But if there’s any way you can position the projector away from your seats, I’d recommend that you do so.

In Pacific Rim: Uprising , when Scrapper makes its final run for it along the beach, the frame is a riot of well-balanced colour detail and sparkle. Here, the Sony is able to depict vibrant blue skies alongside white cloud detail. Highlights never seem exaggerated.

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