Sounds like Chevy, Runs like a BMW

But you guys, yeah, you know who you are, you want your big screen rear projectors. The Sony SXRD Grand Wega TVs are available in up to a 70" size. That's a big picture that might just satisfy a front projector snob like me. For comparison purposes, I've placed Stereophile reviewer Kal Rubinson next to the KDS-R70XBR2 70" set in place of the ruler I did not have handy. Thanks Kal. The set is just what you'd expect from SXRD; three chips, no color wheels (and hence no rainbow effects), 1920 x 1080p resolution and glorious pictures (albeit set to slightly cartoonish extremes on a few of the sets, par for show conditions). Other features include the same upgraded release of the DRC (Digital Reality Creation engine), 2.5, used with the Sony Bravia LCD panels, and unique to digital projectors, Sony's Cinema Pro Black, a variable iris technology that adjust the iris stops up or down based on available light content in the movie to yield up to 10,000:1 contrast ratios. The 70" KDS-R70XBR2 (est. $7,800) and 60" KDS-R60XBR2 (est. $5,300) units won't ship until the fall.

If the new Grand Wega's are priced too rich for your blood, the new A2000 rear-projection line by Sony features the same .61mm SXRD chipset of the Grand Wega sets in more affordable 50" (KDS-50A2000, $3,500), 55" (KDS-55A2000, $4,0000) and 60" (KDS-60A2000, $4,500) sizes that ship this summer.

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frank rich's picture

you can't read the entire article because the text along side the photo is cut off.

Fred Manteghian's picture

Thanks Frank, I think it's been fixed now, looks ok here.

Steve F's picture

Fred, does it accept 1080p input? Can you schedule this for a test before Mrs Claus asks for my list this year?

Scott Soloway's picture

All the new Sony 1080P displays can accept 1080P signals via their HDMI inputs.

Robert Cralle's picture

I would love to know when they're going to start replacing the panels in the VPL-HS51A with these puppies.

Spencer's picture

I have my heart set on getting a HDTV before football season this year. I had my eye on the KDSR- 50XBR1 because of the excellent reviews, perfect size for my room and value. The only thing that disappointed me with its review was that it does not except a 1080p signal. I want the TV I purchase to not become outdated the moment I buy it. So I have a couple questions. Will the new models coming out include a 50 inch? And is the 1080p direct signal going to be worth the waiting and worth the premium of the new price of the TV. Is it going to be that important for the future or will I not really notice the difference in HD and Blue ray material.

alanisV's picture

Chevrolet has halted production of the Cruze compact for some time, due to a parts shortage. Chevy is not saying when it will continue building them. The vehicle has quickly become a rock star in the compact section. Many people want to get their hands on one.

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