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Why A Sony Laser Projector?

Sat 15, April 2017   AV News

Sony VPL-PHZ10 Laser Projector

The WUXGA resolution Sony VPL-PHZ10 laser projector is billed as the first affordable laser projectors for business and education. Sony laser projectors make them a serious player in the education marketplace, especially higher ed and specialty and museums.

With a laser projector, you can maintain the same brightness over years, by selecting the Constant Brightness feature.  This allows the projector to perform constant brightness for 14,000 hours while maintaining 4500 lumens output and can achieve 5000 lumens with the constant brightness turned off.   This Constant Brightness feature makes the VPL-PHZ10 projector ideal in applications used in conjunction with other (same model)  projectors in an array where you need them all to have an identical brightness over a long period of time.  That includes applications such as edge blending, and projection mapping, as well as digital signage.

Laser light engines are no longer rare, and with these new Sony projectors, no longer are they extremely expensive. The technology Sony uses is typical. That is it relies on lasers hitting phosphors to create the colors. There are some major strengths with a laser light projector, most notably, no lamp to replace. That not only saves you money on lamp replacements but also on the maintenance of the person performing the lamp change. In addition, laser projectors hold color with little shifting over years of use, instead of months of use with lamp projectors. Sony’s self-cleaning filter also means no scheduled maintenance!


HDBaseT solves the long known – and most aggravating problem of HDMI.  HDMI is now pretty much the standard for presenting data and video content.The problem with traditional HDMI cabling relates to running long distances. Once you get out past 10-25 feet, you need some very good, very expensive cables to go much further – say 30 feet or maybe 12 meters. So, what to do if you need longer? HDBaseT is usually the ticket. It allows HDMI – and also command and control, and audio that is normally carried by an HDMI cable, to instead travel over low-cost CAT5 or CAT6 (Ethernet) cables. The trick is to have amplification on the sending end and then converting back to regular HDMI on the receiving end. In this case, the Sony, of course, is the receiver. It’s LAN port (RJ45 jack) supports HDBaseT, so all you need is a source with HDBaseT built in, or a small, not overly expensive converter that you would hook up to the HDMI output of the source.

With HDBaseT, you can run 100 meters – more than a football field – without problems. There are a number projectors in this Sony’s brightness range (5000 lumens and up) with HDBaseT built in, so it’s not rare, but nor is it a feature you can assume will be there. in a projector in this Sony’s price range! Bottom line – HDBaseT simplifies inputs if you are dealing with more than the normal run of less than, say 25 feet. Considering this is a 5000-lumen projector – it’s destined for medium to large rooms, from conference rooms to university classrooms to small auditoriums and multi-purpose rooms. As such, many future “homes” for this Sony are likely to require longer cable runs.

Unlike traditional lamp projectors, this line of Sony laser projectors offers, the ability to mount the projector on any angle. This Sony VPL-PHZ10 can be mounted traditionally (horizontally), or vertically, or, really anywhere in the middle. Mounting angle flexibility finds a lot of use in digital signage, and some presentations.

With Sony, you can always expect exceptional image quality relative to the price point of the projector. This model is no different. When viewing videos for business or education, perfection in the picture normally comes secondary to brightness. With the Sony VPL-PHZ10, you can expect near cinema quality black levels when used in ideal conditions.