Sony unveils first 4K laser light source home cinema Sony unveils first 4K laser light source home cinema

Sony is on a mission to bring 4K laser light source projectors to a wider audience, and with the launch of the new VPL-W5000ES, it seems like it's finally achieved it.

First demonstrated at the CEDIA Expo 2015, Sony's flagship native 4K/UHD projector is the first home cinema to feature both 4K resolution and a laser light engine, making it one of the most advanced projectors on the market today.

Not only does this projector have a whopping 5,000 lumens of brightness, but it is also compatible with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and emulates the new BT.2020 colour gamut thanks to a selection of professional calibration tools.

Crisply detailed images are created by combining an advanced laser light source with the same Sony 4K SXRD panel technology that's found in the manufacturer's professional cinema projectors. These native 4K images offer four times the resolution of Full HD, pulling the audience right into the heart of the action with unprecedented clarity.

The VPL-W5000ES also reproduces the full DCI colour space, provides more than 20,000 hours of “virtually maintenance-free operation”, and comes with HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2.

"The VPL-VW5000ES projector is truly the ultimate home cinema display," said Yamato "Tank" Tanikawa, director of home entertainment & sound at Sony Electronics.

"It joins an impressive lineup of Sony home theatre projectors specifically designed for the installer market, like the VPL-VW665ES and VPL-VW365ES models also announced today. All of these 4K resolution projectors offer a truly immersive viewing experience with high brightness and high contrast bringing the home theatre experience to the next level."

Due to be released in Europe in Spring 2016, this high-end projector certainly won't come cheap. With a suggested retail price of $60,000, it'll be out of most people's price range - although the entry of such an advanced product to the home cinema market is exciting news for any projection fan.