BEST of the BEST 2015: Sony 4K short-throw projector
Going beyond the new-and-improved television sets that the world’s leading manufacturers release every year, the Sony 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector is a wondrous anomaly that offers a new way to view the highest-quality video available to consumers. The projector is housed in a long, low cabinet that sits within 7 inches of the wall on which it casts a brilliant 4K picture as large as 12 feet (measured diagonally). The installer paints the wall with a special matte-white finish to provide an optimal viewing surface.
Sony’s new short-throw lens and mirror system, which uses pitch panels set only 4 microns apart from each other, projects the image upward from a network of microscopic blue-laser diodes that produce a total of 2,000 lumens. This extraordinarily bright lighting engine delivers an enormous range of colors and an on-screen image that is virtually pixel-free—though, as with all projectors, the picture looks best when the room is dark.
The segmented cabinet is 1 foot tall and 9 feet long. In addition to the projector, the unit contains a pair of two-way speakers and includes space for additional home-theater equipment. The total price is $50,000.