New Sony PJs
Sony, not to be outdone by other 1080p projector announcements (see below), unveiled the VPL-VW60, a replacement for the VW50. They claim a doubling of the native contrast ratio, and an available anamorphic lens system to watch 2.35:1 movies without black bars (on a 2.35:1 screen). Even cooler, you can align each LCOS (sorry, SXRD) panel to within 0.1 pixels. So any jarring in shipping or installation can be tweaked out to remove any colored halos. It’s shipping this month for “under $5,000.”
While the VW60 was expected, less so was the VW200, a new high end projector to replace the now aging VW100. This one is really impressive, as it runs at 120 Hz, and can either interpolate to get those frames, or even better for HT enthusiasts, use black frame insertion. Check my article here for more on that. It’s not cheap, at “under” $15,000 and should show up in October.
Don’t expect anything new in the cosmetics department, which is fine as they are still very attractive pieces and I presume are still commendably quiet.
You can read the whole press release here