Sony's second-generation 3D projector is a sensation, regardless of dimension
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Many TV addicts are sceptical of domestic 3D. There's just not enough content available to compensate for the general inconvenience of having to wear special glasses, particularly if you like to multitask. Surfing on a laptop or snarfing custard creams are both devilishly difficult to achieve from behind Active Shutter lenses.
Sony's latest high-spec SXRD projector is easy on the eye, but can it fight off the cutthroat competition?
Sony's HW10 is based around the same 3-panel SXRD (Silicon X-tal Reﬂ ective Display) 1920 x 1080 chipset found in pricier VW40 and VW80 brothers. This model also boasts a remarkable 30,000:1 contrast ratio with the help of its automatic iris and, of course, Sony's picture-enhancing Bravia Engine 2 image processing.
With its £2,300 VPL-VW40, Sony hopes to bring its highly-rated SXRD projector tech (a derivation of LCoS) to the mid-market. The VW40 certainly shows no immediate signs of cost-cutting; it boasts essentially the same 'stretched diamond' chassis with centrally-positioned lens as other SXRD models.