CEDIA Expo 2006: Highlights - Part 1
|Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR3 52-inch 1080p LCD HDTV|
Typically they are using phrases such as "full HD" or "true HD" to differentiate HDTVs capable of accepting and displaying 1080p high-def signals from those with lower native resolutions, such as 720p. The 1080p models will continue to be priced at a significant premium, however. At the opposite edge of the spectrum are ever-lower prices for flat-panel displays, particularly 42-inch plasma models and LCD TVs between 32 and 37 inches.
While new flat-panel plasma and LCD displays represented a significant proportion of the product introductions, there was a lot of action in front projectors as well - hardly surprising given that CEDIA is a show for custom installers - with Sony, Panasonic, JVC, Optoma, Sim2, and others rolling out new HD models at aggressive prices.
For example, Sony debuted its VPL-VW50 projector, a sleek SXRD-based model with 1080p resolution. The company actually drew cheers from the audience when it announced the price: $5,000. It joins Sony's two existing 1080p SXRD front projectors, the Qualia 004R1 and the VPL-VW100. The VPL-VW50 boasts a new single-chip video processing engine, enabling the use of an all-digital chassis, which the company says eliminates signal noise caused by analog-to-digital or digital-to-analog conversion. It also sports dual HDMI inputs with 1080p support at both 60 and 24 frames per second.
|Sony VPL-VW50 1080p SXRD front projector|