Sony’s newest laser light source (Z-Phosphor) projectors are aimed at making laser technology more cost-effective for the installation market in a range of applications, including classrooms and meeting rooms. The two new LaserLite projectors (models VPL-PHZ10 and VPL-PWZ10) bring the benefits of laser technology — image quality, color reproduction and virtually zero-maintenance — to customers who previously may have only been able to experience lamp-based projection.
The VPL-PHZ10 is WUXGA, 1,920 x 1,200 resolution; and the VPL-PWZ10 is WXGA, 1,280 x 800 resolution. The new fixed wide zoom lens models provide users with a lower-cost, high-quality option for laser projection. The new projectors’ light source have a total constant brightness of 4500 lumens for up to 12,000 hours depending on usage environment, enabling users to experience the projectors’ original level of image quality over 5 years in standard use, while achieving a maximum 5,000 lm brightness when the constant brightness mode is off.
The new models are designed to deliver enhanced picture quality with features such as “Reality Creation,” a technology already in use by Sony’s home theater projection systems for high-end consumer entertainment. The Reality Creation engine analyzes and processes every input signal to refine detail, clarity, and sharpness for naturally up-scaled images. This provides higher-resolution perspective, even in the lower-resolution WXGA series. The Contrast Enhancer feature expands the perceived dynamic range of the signal by refining light and dark areas of the image in real-time. Sony’s laser light source means there’s no lamp that needs to slowly warm up or cool down, no lamp to limit tilt angle and no trade-off between high brightness and high resolution. The laser projectors are designed for up to 20,000 hours of maintenance-free operation, which contributes to reducing users’ total cost of ownership.
The projectors are designed for energy efficiency due to their 3LCD engine, with low power consumption to reduce heat dissipation and lower fan noise. The new models have a wider lens shift range even with their compact body, and are also equipped with built-in HDBaseT interfaces, enabling easier connectivity and reducing total system costs by using a single cable which runs all the video, audio, control, and IP signal up to 328 feet (100m).