The GTZ380 is not a new projector, it was released in 2020. But due to COVID, this is the first time I have had the opportunity to demonstrate it at a trade show. It’s a projection powerhouse capable of filling the 220-inch screen with crisp, vivid, high-contrast images (16,000:1 native contrast) complemented by a Wisdom Audio speaker system as well as StormAudio processing and power. Stewart Filmscreen provided the giant screen. Meanwhile, the Sony ARC-F lens used on this device delivered edge-to-edge sharpness and uniformity of brightness that makes the most of high-quality 4K content.
The demo included the Top Gun: Maverick test scene where Maverick/Tom Cruise proves he can successfully complete the mission by piloting the canyon race and hitting the target pushing the limits of his aircraft. The GTX-380 delivered a reference-quality visual experience, delivering a reference-quality visual experience. Unlike most demos at the show, it fulfilled the prerequisite for declaring any serious demo great: I got goosebumps.
The takeaway from the demo is that Sony’s new home cinema projectors, the VPL-XW5000 ($5,998), VPL-XW6000 ($11,998) and VPL-XW7000 ($27,999 ) use the same technologies as those of the VPL-GTZ380. We’ve got reviews of Sony’s latest projectors in the works, but it’s instructive to see which flagship the tech is trickling from. The Sony and its abundance of lumens provided a truly impressive viewing experience that was a highlight of the show.
Sony’s VPL-GTZ380 may be amazing, but it doesn’t come cheap. Again, Sony classifies it as a professional product, although consumers are certainly welcome to purchase one. this bad boy’s MSRP is $80,000, minus the lens.