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Sony launches 4K SXRD laser projector for large displays

The VPL-GTZ380 delivers 10,000 lumens brightness, 16,000:1 native contrast, DCI-P3 wide color gamut and HDR support

Sony has introduced its latest professional projector, the VPL-GTZ380, adding to its lineup of native 4K (4096×2160) SXRD models to include its highest brightness, 10,000 lumen model.

Suited to a wide range of corporate, entertainment and simulation applications, the VPL-GTZ380 is designed to combine outstanding contrast, brightness, high dynamic range and resolution with a wide color gamut.

“In a few short years, our SXRD lineup of 4K projectors have become the industry standard with installations at influential customer sites across the world,” said Christopher Mullins, home cinema product manager, Sony Professional. “The newest addition to the family, the VPL-GTZ380, excels in dark and bright environments and is a direct result of insights we’ve gathered from key clients in training and simulation, as well as at entertainment venues, businesses, museums and planetariums. We’re proud to have developed a new solution that not only exceeds their requirements but fosters users’ creativity allowing them to bring their vision to life with unparalleled image expression.”

The VPL-GTZ380 can be used in both bright and dark environments. By adopting a new liquid crystal material for the panel, its light stability improves, enabling durability with 10,000 lumens brightness, offering increased versatility and flexibility in installation. Featuring a newly developed 0.74” Native 4K SXRD panel, it provides detailed imagery with a high 16000:1 contrast ratio1 that delivers deep blacks.

The VPL-GTZ380’s new laser light source, which incorporates a red laser diode in addition to the two different-wavelength blue laser diodes, enables a wide color gamut of 100 per cent DCI-P3 without any loss of brightness. The new 4K SXRD model is equipped with a high-performance picture processor optimized for projection, ‘X1 Ultimate for projector,’ which is based on the original X1 Ultimate processor used for Sony’s line of BRAVIA TVs to enable enhanced picture quality. This includes new features such as Dynamic HDR Enhancer and Object based HDR Remaster to enhance dynamic range and achieve deeper blacks. The VPL-GTZ380 also supports HDR formats including HDR 10 and HLG for more natural color reproduction.

From a design perspective, the VPL-GTZ380 can integrate into a variety of installation environments with its compact body size (51kg) for its class, due to the adoption of the small sized panel and patented phosphor wheel design providing efficient heat release. Additionally, the projector achieves 39dB for quiet operation due to the use of liquid SXRD panel cooling system and streamlined air flow design.

Through an optional license, the VPL-GTZ380 can also support 4K 120Hz and low transport delay, which are essential for displaying CG images for training simulators and large-screen displays of eSports events. The model has additional optional 3D and Night Vision Goggle (NVG) functions for use in VR research facilities and for specialised training.

The VPL-GTZ380 is due to be available in January of 2021.