Sony Unveils 3-D Projector
CREDIT: Sony EU
Sony today announced its first 3-D projector for the home theater at IFA 2010 in Berlin, Europe's largest consumer electronics show.
With the ability to project 3-D in full HD 1080p, the VPL-VW90ES features an upgraded 240Hz panel that minimizes image distortion and has a dynamic contrast ratio of 150,000:1 for vivid images. The projector is also capable of taking 2D video and simulating 3D images, bringing the third dimension to classic movies and other programming. Sony 3-D glasses must be used to view 3-D content.
The key benefit to a projector is its flexible display. Rather than being limited by a TV's physical screen, a projector can be adjusted to fit any sized room and viewing preferences. On the downside, a projector must be used in a dark room for maximum visibility. And, this one is priced at over $9,000, making it most suitable for a dedicated large-scale home theater. You'd have to buy about 1,000 3-D movie tickets at your local theater to break even.
The projector is quiet, thanks to its low fan noise of just 22 decibels. How quiet? The American Speech-Language Hearing Association labels anything under 30 decibels, the level of a library or whisper, as faint.
The projector can also be used with 3-D video games, bringing the experience of tournament play into the home theater.
"People will be able to play a rapidly increasing number of 3D titles such as Gran Turismo 5, and Wip3out in crystal clear high definition, something we believe is going to appeal hugely to the gaming community," Tak Nakane, product manager at Sony Professional, said at IFA.
The projector will be available across Europe in November 2010. U.S. availability will be announced at CEDIA 2010, a U.S.-based home theater conference scheduled to begin Sept. 22 in Atlanta, Ga.
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