Setup and Configuration
Native 4K SXRD Home Theater Projector
January 15, 2014
As the VW600ES sells for a touch under $15,000, most buyers will opt for professional installation. Therefore, the fact that it is exceptionally easy to set up is more of a benefit to installers than it is to owners, but still worth noting.
The VW600ES has a 2.1:1 powered zoom lens with powered H/V lens shift. The vertical shift can place the image either completely above or completely below the centerline of the lens, with some leeway in either direction, for a total vertical range of 2.6 screen heights. Horizontally, the image can be shifted 50% in either direction, for a two picture width total range. This is about as good as it gets for home theater projectors. The lens shift range is elliptical, not rectangular, meaning you cannot reach maximum vertical and horizontal shift at the same time.
The lens flexibility makes it simple to place the VW600ES in a ceiling mount or on a rear shelf. The projector has a center-positioned lens that desired by installers. A ceiling mount has the benefit of pulling the projector up and out of the way, as well as being the more "professional" option from an aesthetic perspective. On the other hand, a rear shelf mount is about as simple as it gets, allows for the use of short-run cables, and it keeps the projector near your equipment stack. Be aware, though, that at roughly 20 inches on a side, the VW600ES has a large footprint. Your rear shelf will need to be rather large to ensure that the projector has adequate ventilation.
Whichever placement suits your needs, be sure to give the VW600ES plenty of room to breathe. The projector has two air intake vents on the rear panel and two exhaust vents on the front panel. For rear shelf installations, the projector has a second air intake on the front panel, situated around the lens itself. This will help prevent the projector from overheating if you have no choice but to back it up against a wall.