Sony has just released its new lineup of home theater projectors. Their best of the bunch is the Sony VPL-XW7000ES. This new 4K laser projector from Sony is the latest in a focus from manufacturers to release laser based units.

JVC also switched their focus to laser based home theater with the top of the line JVC NZ9 (along with the JVC NZ7 and the JVC NZ8). This 4K laser projector offers outstanding visuals at a very reasonable price. Both of these projectors are the best of the best but how do these two stack up?

Which is better, the Sony VPL-XW7000ES or the JVC DLA-NZ9? And more importantly which projector should you get for your home theater?

Check out our expert comparison of these two fantastic new 4K laser projectors for home theaters from Sony and JVC and find out who wins.

 
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JVC NZ9

VPL-XW5000ES

Sony VPL-XW7000ES

Our Thoughts:

Brightness

3000

3200

The Sony VPL-XW7000ES has an edge with an extra 200 lumens of brightness.

Max Resolution

8K e-Shift, 4K Native

4K Native

The JVC NZ9 has a big advantage. By being able to project an 8K resolution image your investment is futureproofed as more and more 8K content gets released.

Projector Lens Shift

Horizontal +/-43% & Vertical +/-100%

Horizontal +/- 36% & Vertical +/- 85%

JVC gives you much more installation flexibility than the new Sony projector

Chipset

0.69" D-ILA LCoS

0.61" SXRD LCoS

JVC offers a full 8.9 million pixels while the Sony SXRD only offers 8.3 million.

Light Source

Single Laser

Single Laser

Both new projectors utlize a single blue laser.

Color

98% DCI-P3

95% DCI-P3

Both projectors cover an extremely wide color gamut but the JVC has an advantage when it comes to colors.

Contrast Ratio

100,000:1

?:1

Sony claims to have an infinate:1 dynamic contrast ratio. It's good but it's not infinitely good. Sony doesn't list a more accurate native contrast, while JVC does so we're going to give the edge to the NZ9.

Input Lag

36 ms

21 ms

The JVC has a low input lag time but if you're a hardcore gamer the Sony has the advantage.

Price

$25,999.95

$27,999.99

The JVC DLA-NZ9 is available at a lower price point and gives you more bang for your buck

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JVC DLA-NZ9

The Pros

  • Super bright laser light source
  • Supports 8K resolution and has native 4K resolution LCoS chipset
  • One of the widest color gamut on a home theater projector
  • Best black levels in the industry
  • Lots of installation options for easier setup
  • Supports HDR10+
  • Supports 3D
  • Picture looks great out of the box but also gives you many options for calibrating to your personal preference
  • 120 FPS 4K gaming

The Cons

  • High price tag
  • Chasis is bulky and heavy
  • Doesn't come with any built in streaming apps
Sony VPL-XW5000ES

Sony VPL-XW7000ES

The Pros

  • Very bright laser light source
  • Fantastic black levels
  • Wide color gamut
  • Native 4K LCoS chipset
  • Uses Sony’s Flagship-level X1 Ultimate for Projectors processing chip
  • Supports 3D
  • 120 FPS 4K gaming

The Cons

  • Doesn't support 8K
  • Doesn't support HDR10+
  • High price tag
  • Doesn't come with any built in streaming apps

So Which Projector Should You Buy, The JVC DLA-NZ9 Or The Sony VPL-XW7000ES?

Both 4K laser projectors output absolutely incredible images. It’s very hard to pick a winner.

That said, you're reading this article because you want to know the answer to help you decide which projector to get for your home theater. So between the Sony VPL-XW7000ES and JVC DLA-NZ9, the winner is………

The JVC NZ9

When you compare these two home cinema projectors they both are truly the titans of the industry. You could argue that either is the absolute best home theater projector, but when you go by the numbers the JVC NZ9 is better than the Sony VPL-XW7000ES.

The JVC DLA-NZ9 has a wider color gamut and deeper black levels. The fact that JVC is confident enough to report the native contrast at an absurdly impressive 100,000:1 leads us to believe that it has better contrast than the VPL-XW7000ES. The new JVC laser projector also offers more pixels and gives you more flexibility with installation. Being $2,000 less also helps give the NZ9 an edge.

What really puts the JVC NZ9 over the Sony VPL-XW7000ES is it's ability to produce an 8K resolution picture. This futureproofs your investment, allowing you to watch content in 8K. Only JVC projectors are capable of producing this 8K resolution and that gives it the win.

The Sony does have an edge when it comes to brightness but for a home theater projector that you'd mostly be watching in a darkened environment the extra 200 lumens on the Sony won't significantly improve your viewing experience. If you're a serious gamer the Sony is probably the way to go thanks to it's incredibly low lag time. That said the JVC NZ9 is no slouch either when it comes to video gaming projectors.

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JVC Laser Projectors

$10,999.95

Projector Resolution:
4K, 8K
Brand:
JVC
Product Status:
Contact Us to Place Order
Native Resolution:
8192x4320
Aspect Ratio:
16:9 [HD]
Lumens:
2200
Chipset:
LCoS
Contrast Ratio:
40,000:1
Light Source:
Laser
Resolution Type:
Native
Throw Type:
Regular
Lens Shift:
Horizontal & Vertical
Digital Inputs:
HDMI

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$25,999.95

Projector Resolution:
4K, 8K
Brand:
JVC
Product Status:
Contact Us to Place Order
Native Resolution:
8192x4320
Aspect Ratio:
16:9 [HD]
Lumens:
3000
Chipset:
LCoS
Contrast Ratio:
100,000:1
Light Source:
Laser
Resolution Type:
Native
Throw Type:
Regular
Lens Shift:
Horizontal & Vertical
Digital Inputs:
HDMI

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$15,999.95

Projector Resolution:
4K, 8K
Brand:
JVC
Product Status:
Contact Us to Place Order
Native Resolution:
8192x4320
Aspect Ratio:
16:9 [HD]
Lumens:
2500
Chipset:
LCoS
Contrast Ratio:
80,000:1
Light Source:
Laser
Resolution Type:
Native
Throw Type:
Regular
Lens Shift:
Horizontal & Vertical
Digital Inputs:
HDMI

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