We reviewed this $35K Sony projector with old internet videos

Remember the old days of the internet? When you had to actually load videos? Yes, those times sure were both magnificent and awful times. And this got me thinking – could we combine the worlds? And watch old internet videos on modern new tech?

I mean, yes. Of course you can, that’s a stupid question.

That’s not going to stop me reviewing the $34,999.99 (lol) Sony VPL-VW870ES/VPL-VW995ES 4K projector by watching shitty old internet videos on it though.

Buckle in.

This sounds dumb, but fine. First question: who would buy such an expensive projector?

Sony’s projector is aimed at small venues – such as event spaces – or the home cinema enthusiast. Yes, $35,000 is a lot of money, but this is a serious bit of kit.

Oh, a quick note – this device is known the VPL-VW870ES in Europe (where we tested it) and the VPL-VW995ES in the US. We’re going to use the latter for the rest of the piece.

Got you. So, go on, what are the specs like?

Threateningly hearty. It weighs 22kg, uses a Z-Phosphor laser light source, and has a brightness of 2,200 lumens. In real world terms, this means it’ll work for a home cinema set-up with some ambient light.

As mentioned, it projects in 4K (which is a resolution of 4096 x 2160) and HDR. On top of that, it also supports 3D – if anyone has any desire for a long dead format.

The VPL-VW995ES should also operate at peak capacity for at least 20,000 hours of continuous video playing. Oh, and it arrived on a crate in a box like this: