Projectors are the new object of desire in homes in Spain, as more and more people are considering the possibility of setting up a cinema in their living room. A market that offers models of all kinds, such as a Chinese and cheap one perfect to retire to the television or another from Samsung that looks like a speaker; even Lidl sells one that is a success. If you want to go a step further and obtain a professional quality, Sony has a high-end and 4K one that is ideal, but with a ‘small’ drawback: it costs 14,999 euros.
[He cambiado mi televisor por este proyector de tiro ultracorto y ya no quiero otra cosa en el salón]
For several weeks I have changed my television for the Sony XW7000, the new high-end laser projector with native 4K resolution from the Japanese company and which, due to its high price, is suitable for very few pockets. A model that It is designed for a demanding public who wants to set up a real cinema in the living room at home, which implies having a sound system already installed, since the only noise it emits is that of its fan.
It is, without a doubt, the most expensive projector that has passed through these hands, but also one of the most striking in terms of design, since it has an appearance that resembles a spaceship that could well have been taken from a movie. Star Wars. A device that also offers top-tier specifications for excellent performance and with which it is easy to feel as if you were actually sitting in a seat in a movie theater.
a futuristic design
The Sony XW7000 is an elegant projector with a futuristic look that is made with a casing made of plastic, in this case white, which is totally resistant. When using it, keep in mind that this model It has a weight of 14 kilograms and a good size -measures 517 millimeters long by 460 mm wide and 210 mm high-, so it is important to have a spacious and solid table where to place it; although if desired it can also be anchored to the ceiling.
[Así es tener una sala de cine en casa: experiencia cinéfila al último nivel]
Even so, the Sony XW7000 is more compact and lighter than its predecessors.. For example, the company states on its website that this model is approximately 20% smaller in volume and 30% lighter than the VW790. Going into its design, around the projector there are some ventilation grills so that the device does not heat up while it is in operation and on its back is the port to connect the power cable.
On the front side is the Sony’s ‘Advanced Crisp-Focused’ lens, measuring 70mm wide and focuses the laser diode light source, as well as enlarging the focus area to ensure sharp images at all times. The rest of the highlighted elements are on its right side. There you can see a panel with a series of buttons that allow you to control the projector, such as one to turn it on and off, another to access the menu or one to move through the settings, among others.
Just below the buttons are the connections that the projector has, which in that sense is well served and nothing is missing. It has a port to connect a LAN cable, two HDMI 2.0 inputs that allow you to add a console, a computer or a Fire TV, an IR input minijack and a 3D synchronization output minijack for an audio system, a USB Type A and a remote entry and exit.
There is also another way to control the projector: using the included remote control and that it is the way in which the greatest benefit is obtained from the device. With a large size and keys that can be backlit to see where to press in the dark, it is very complete and very comfortable to use.
a film image
The operation of the Sony projector is really simple. In the sense that it is only necessary to plug it into the electrical current, connect a video source and turn it on. It has no more mystery. Depending on the distance you are from the wall -which is white- or from the screen, the projection size varies, being possible to have a cinema from 60 to 300 inches in the living room of the house.
The projector has a laser beam that reaches the figure of 3,200 lumens of brightness, which is more than enough to enjoy good image quality in brightly lit rooms; although obviously the best way to enjoy it is in total darkness. And Sony ensures that this particular model has optimal brightness for a maximum of 20,000 hours without interruptions.
[Probamos el proyector de LG para convertir tu salón en una sala de cine]
If you add to that an SXRD imaging chip (Silicon X-tal Reflective Display) 0.61-inch native 4K developed by Sony itself and wide dynamic range optics; the projector offers high brightness and sharpness, purer colors, intense blacks and rich tones and textures; plus cinematic movement and smooth, detailed images.
The projector comes with an X1 Ultimate processor that builds on video technologies from Sony’s Bravia TVs and new Wide Dynamic Range optics that, in addition to contributing to the device’s more compact design, offer improved light control and maximizes the potential of the laser light source. It also includes ‘Live Color Enhancer’ technology that selectively expands the range of tones to deliver vivid HDR images without oversaturation.
Other noteworthy features of the Sony XW7000 include picture position memory, support for IMAX Enhanced content, and being more planet-friendly with a mercury-free laser light source and low power consumption. per reduced lumen compared to previous models. When playing on any console, such as the Nintendo Switch or PlayStation 4, offers fluid movements and a very fast response time.
I buy it?
The Sony XW7000 is a high-end projector that dazzles with its image quality. In fact, during the tests, when there has been a visit at home, they have always highlighted “how good it looks”. And it’s true, its image quality amazesso much so that it seems that one is really in a movie theater and not on the sofa at home.
Its brightness is also to stand out, since it allows you to watch a movie calmly and with clear details in a bright room; but it is in the dark where its quality is most enjoyed. The experience it leaves is similar to what can be achieved in a cinema, although you need to connect an audio device, since it does not emit any sound other than that of its fan. Its only drawback is that it costs 14,999 euros.
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