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    • 800 lumens brightness
    • 1080p resolution
    • 3 Years collect, repair and return warranty


HD (1920 x 1080, 16:9)
800 lumens
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The next instalment from Panasonic does not disappoint, physically the uinit is very rectangular (which we liked) with a very solid build quality and beautiful matte black finish (as you would expect from a premium brand like Panasonic) A nice feature is it has a 'quick release' top which provides access to the lamp unit for when you have to replace the lamp, no fiddling around with screws.The lens is centrally positioned with a huge 2x zoom which is powered as is the focus. Lens shift is operated by two thumb wheels on the top of the unit one for vertical and one for horizontal. feedback from the wheels is quick and precise.Black levels are deep and rich whilst whites are bright and crisp ( for us cinema 2 preset is the best out of the box setting) The AE4000 has an extensive array of image adjustments and is an ideal projector for the dedicated cinema enthusiast. The out of the box preset are okay but we did find they had a blue hue to them (for us) - easily rectified via the onboard image adjustments .The feature that puts the Panasonic AE-4000 amongst the elite 1080p home cinema projectors is its image clarity - for us its the best we have seen. Watching the Dark Knight, the opening bank raid scenes on our demo room 230cm wide projection screen were so lifelike it made us feel as if we were actually there! The main features over its predecessor the AE3000 are;Contrast jumps from 60,000: to 80,000:1 a new 'Red Rich Lamp' increases colour definition a polarising filter is used to avoid light leakage 100Hz Intelligent Frame Creation Detail Clarity Processor 3 designed to apply sharpening only to those areas requiring it an enhanced Lens Memory 2 system, able to store up to six zoom/focus positions automatic switching between 16:9 and 2.35:1 content using signal aspect detection Advanced Gamma Adjustment intelligent power management system, able to reduce lamp output in scenes where full brightness isn't required 3 HDMI inputs Extensive horizontal and vertical lens shift to simplify installation
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The BRAVIA VPL-VW85 home cinema projector is designed to impress the serious home cinema enthusiast due to its wide of array of Sony’s innovative technologies. Sony’s SXRD (Silicon X-tal Reflective Display) panel technology delivers exquisitely fine-grained 1080p Full HD for a truly cinematic experience. Furthermore, the innate high contrast of SXRD technology is leveraged by Sony’s new Advanced Iris 3 system to enable the VW85 to produce a super-high contrast ratio of up to 120,000:1.

This projector also incorporates Sony’s innovative Motionflow™with Dark Frame Insertion which makes motion much smoother with a method called Double Speed Processing. Eight-stage real-time signal processing by Sony’s BRAVIA ENGINE 2 ensures outstanding colour and visibly superior overall image quality.

This product comes with PrimeSupport – fast, hassle-free repairs and a helpline offering expert technical advice. Which gives you the peace of mind that Sony is looking after your equipment, and your business.

High Contrast Ratio – 120,000: 1 with Advanced Iris 3 technologyThe Advanced Iris 3 contrast enhancement works like the human eye, responding dynamically to the level of light in each scene, always selecting the optimum contrast. With a very high range of 120,000:1, Advanced Iris 3 can bring out the detail in darker sequences and prevent bright scenes from looking washed out.

Crisp, Smooth Action with Motionflow with Dark Frame InsertionThis technology brings fast-paced, cinematic action to your home. Motionflow with Dark Frame Insertion technology makes motion much smoother through a method called Double Speed Processing. This innovative process creates and inserts artificial frames, first comparing key visual factors on successive frames – for example the position of a car hubcap – then calculating the split second of ‘missing’ action. The optional insertion of darkened frames heightens the contrast and eliminates any judder – by allowing the eye to naturally blend one frame into the next. This action mimics that of actual movie projection.

1080p Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080Three panels -red, green and blue, ensuring optimum colour reproduction and resulting in over 6.2 million pixels, more then double the pixel count of 720p projectors. All in a panel size of 0.61-inch thanks to its super-fine panel micro-architecture with a pixel size of 7Um.

Digital Picture Processing - BRAVIA ENGINE 2The unique BRAVIA ENGINE 2 delivers vibrant colours and exceptional image quality. It consists of eight separate stages of image enhancement - carried out in real time - each has a specialised function. Together they generate a picture that is optimised in every way, from the accuracy of the contrast to the precision of the colour reproduction.

3 x Cinema ModesIn Cinema Mode, films can be viewed as close to the original director’s cut as possible, reproducing details such as natural skin tone, lighting, colour, and contrast. There are 3 cinema settings to choose from: 1. Film picture quality 2. Digital cinema quality (based on DCI specification) and 3. BVM picture quality.

Panel Alignment FunctionTo ensure the perfect image, the VPL-VW85 comes with screen panel alignment function, allowing you to eliminate any coloured bordering at the edges of objects. This function compensates gaps in panel alignment. It is possible to select R (Red) or B (Blue) to make adjustments based on G (Green), and to adjust the horizontal and vertical direction by shifting the full image of each colour, moving the full screen ±2.0 dot by 0.1. Besides Panel Shift alignment the VW85 offers also Panel Zone Alignment; define one zone out of 16x9 points across the screen and adjust ±2.0 dot by 0.1.

Anamorphic Zoom ModeHome Cinema enthusiasts in search of perfection will no doubt be drawn to the Anamorphic Zoom function. This uses sophisticated signal processing of widescreen modes together with an optional third-party anamorphic lens to recreate the immersive 2.35:1 CinemaScope aspect ratio normally only seen in the cinema.

High Resolution All Range Crisp Focus (ARC-F) LensThe VPL-VW85 is equipped with the All Range Crisp Focus (ARC-F) lens which has the necessary superior resolution and focus characteristics. The lens offers a 1.6x motorised zoom and both vertical (65%) and horizontal (25%) Lens Shift adjustment, making it easy to set the projector up and achieve a good picture in a variety of environments. To keep the lens in perfect condition it has a motorised cover which automatically opens when the power is turned on, and closes again at power-down.

Advanced Colour Enhancement FeaturesBringing the VPL-VW85 even closer to the capabilities of the human eye is its support for x.v.Colour. x.v.Colour is based on xvYCC, a new international standard for video that defines a colour space nearly two times wider than the existing sRGB standard, making x.v.Colour literally more lifelike. Deep Colour™ boosts the number of colours available within the xvYCC colour space from millions to billions, further future-proofing the projector against developments in colour handling technology.

In the event that you do need to adjust screen colours, the perfect tool for the job is provided by Real Colour Processing. This allows you to adjust the hue of a specific colour without changing the whole image. So if something like skin tone needs tweaking, you can do it without altering the colour of the sky or the background of the scene.

Great Connectivity - 24p True Cinema and Dual Trigger OutThe inclusion of twin connectors with HDMI™ technology opens up another dimension for the VPL-VW85. It makes it possible to connect to video sources like Blu-ray Disc™ players which offer exact, 24 frame-per-second replication of the cinematic original. As the projector has the '24p True Cinema' function, it can display films exactly as they were first recorded. HDMI CEC technology also allows control of multiple devices from a single remote in a process called BRAVIA Sync. One Touch Play lets you insert a disc and press Play, at which point the whole Home Theatre system, including the projector, powers up automatically and the film starts. Conversely, System Stand-By shuts down all HDMI-connected elements of the system at a single press of the Power/Standby button on the remote. The VPL-VW85 comes also with two Trigger Out terminals, one of the two Trigger Out terminals handles Anamorphic Zoom mode; the other is for power.

Superb Low Fan Noise “20dB”With whisper-quiet fan noise, users can concentrate on a movie or game in a quiet environment without distraction.

Gamma Adjustment Application Software - Image Director 3The VPL-VW85 works with 'Image Director3' via the RS232C terminal. Image Director 3 software is supplied on a CD-ROM and is suitable for fine gamma adjustments. With Image Director 3 on your Windows PC, it is possible to adjust the gamma curve more easily and accurately thanks to the new zooming function, and you can choose a mode from Fine or Coarse to suite your taste.

BRAVIA SyncBRAVIA Sync simplifies and enhances the home theatre experience. Through the control capabilities of HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface), the devices sync with one another for intuitive operations such as One Touch Play and System Stand-by.

Automatic motorized lens protectorThe lens cover automatically opens when the projector powers on, then closes up again when it's turned off to help protect the lens from dust.


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