Stephan Jukic – January 12, 2018
Sony is the undisputed leader of the high-end 4K home theater projector market partly because they know how to deliver serious quality and partly because their models are some of the only ones with full, true native 4K resolution built into their sensors. They also have a knack for pretty mean design when they want to show things off.
This is what 2018’s CES-unveiled new LSPX-A1 Ultra Short Throw Projector does in spades and if you’re one of those people who thinks that even gigantic Sony (or LG) 4K HDR OLED TVs don’t quite cut the mustard in terms of premium home theater hardware, then this new beast might just be for you. At $30,000, it certainly costs enough to make even the largest OLED TV look cheap in comparison.
So if this luxury home theater toy costs a hefty $30,000, then how could we be saying that it’s cheaper than ever? Well because despite this steep price, the LSPX-A1 is still a major step down in price from the most recent previous Sony short throw native 4K model. This was the LSPX-W1S 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector that the company released a couple years ago for an even steeper $50,000 that it still sells for on Sony’s website.
The new LSPX-A1 however offers better overall specs and HDR support despite its lower price, so the tradeoff is a pretty damn good deal by premium entertainment technology standards. For one thing, the new 2018 model delivers a maximum brightness of 2500 lumens, as opposed to the older LSPX Short Throw model’s 2000 lumens and secondly, most importantly, this new 2018 release is a 4K cinematic projector with HDR color and contrast support, which the previous $50,000 LSPX Short Throw lacks.
The new LSPX-A1’s maximum recommended projection size can be as large as 120 inches (Oddly, a 4K HDR TV was unveiled at CES by Samsung which beats even this huge display space measurement by more than 20 inches despite having a fixed screen). The LSPX A1 can also be connected to just about any smart TV platform or streaming media device, such as the Apple TV 4K, Roku Streaming Stick+ or a 4K Blu-ray player/console of your choice. It comes with a full HDMI, USB and etc connectivity package as well and uses Sony’s arguably excellent SXRC projection and HDR technology to deliver what Sony claims will be “unprecedented detail, color and contrast”.
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The new Short Throw Projector doesn’t shirk on the audio or design fronts either. For sound, Sony packed it with what they call a Glass Sound Speaker that provides 360 degree audio and includes three speakers, an independent subwoofer and dual organic glass tweeters which are built into the front legs of the projector.
For the LSPX-A1 there’s also a new smart remote that Sony designed to have as few buttons as possible while still performing intuitively for navigation. Sony has also focused on making the new Short Throw Projector as elegant-looking as possible. This device is definitely more aesthetic than its very bulky predecessor and is in fact designed so that it can easily and even stylishly be used as a coffee table if necessary.
So to summarize the LSPX-A1 4K HDR Short Throw Projector a bit. You bet it’s expensive and likely to stay that way, and for most people this simply isn’t an affordable or even useful option. But for that small niche market of serious home theater buffs with a large budget, the LSPX-A1 makes for a surprisingly good choice