Sony's $30,000 4K short-throw projector hides powerful sound

Who wouldn't want a projector with an expensive marble top?

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We've been eying Sony's short-throw projectors for the past few years, but they've always been too obscenely expensive to really take seriously. Well, that's not changing this year. In fact, the new LSPX-A1 is actually more expensive than last year's $25,000 model at $30,000. But, with that extra cost comes a major new feature: six speakers that simulate 360-degree atmospheric sound.

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The LSPX-A1 also looks like more of a high-end piece of furniture, with its sleek marble top and wooden shelf. Those two glass feet also act as tweeters, thanks to built-in actuators. And, of course, there's a subwoofer hiding underneath. In a brief demo, the projector did a decent job of spitting out a 120-inch 4K image from just 9.6-inches feet away from a wall. It wasn't astoundingly bright, but that could have been due to the less-than-ideal viewing conditions. One major downside: While it supports HDR10, there's no Dolby Vision.

In terms of sound, the six speakers easily managed to fill a small conference room which was about the size of a typical living room. But while it's nice to have an all-in-one speaker solution, it didn't actually sound like something that cost $30,000. I've heard $500 speakers with a better sense of detail and presence. Honestly, though, this projector isn't meant for a discerning audience -- it's for folks with money to burn.

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