Editor's note: The second-to-last paragraph originally claimed that the projector had a “powered lens shift for keystone image correction.” This has been corrected. While the projector does have powered lens shift, it only provides horizontal and vertical shift to help with final fitting to the desired location.
At the Sony booth in CES, a small crowd gathered around in amazement as a small black box sitting almost flush with the wall, created one of the best pictures I saw all week. And it is exactly why I love going to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Now let's get one thing straight, the Sony LSPX-A1 is a $30,000 4K Ultra-Short Throw Projector that sails past Sony's $25,000 VPL-VZ1000ES that was on display last year. The LSPX-A1 sits 9.6 inches from the wall, projecting a 4K image up to 120 inches, maxing out at 2,500 lumens.
The projector uses what Sony calls a “unique 4K SXRD projection and HDR technology” to send content from any streaming service or Blu-ray player onto the wall. It also holds a Glass Sound Speaker that creates a 360-degree audio experience, from two organic glass tweeters, three midrange drivers, and a subwoofer. This leverages Sony's 2-year-old Advanced Vertical Drive Technology that vibrates the tweeters inside the projectors front legs.
Sporting a faux marble top, glistening aluminum frame, and wooden storage shelf, the projector falls in line with Life Space UX portfolio. At a lofty 165 pounds, the Z-Phosphor laser uses three SXRD panels for a 2.5-millisecond response rate that should keep motion blur to a minimum and means that primary colors can be displayed simultaneously.
Triluminos color tech, the same tech found in their 4K TVs, gives the LSPX-A1 HDR technology, powered lens shift for horizontal and vertical shift to help with final fitting to the desired location, powered zoom, high dynamic contrast and up to 12-bit color depth via HDMI. Unfortunately, it only supports HDR10, not Dolby Vision.
The CES demo was, all-in-all, pretty good. The main problem, of course, being stuck in a room with a mass of people gawking, so the sound and picture were less than ideal. The projector occupies a strange space of not being brilliant at everything it does but being really great with a really heavy price tag. Sony says the projector should be available this year.