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Sony Announces Its First 3D Projector

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Sony_VPL-VW90ES_3D_projector.gifSony brings the big-screen 3D cinematic experience home with the new the VPL-VW90ES - the company's first 3D front projector.

Designed for the custom and specialty consumer electronics market, the VPL-VW90ES is the first projector to be been branded with Sony's "Elevated Standard" (ES) moniker, signifying a concentration on high end quality.

The Silicon X-tal Reflective Display (SXRD) 1080p projector delivers a reportedly film-like performance with Sony's 24p True Cinema technology. The projector incorporates frame sequential 3D technology with active-shutter glasses that work together with Sony's proprietary 240Hz high frame rate technology.

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The new 240Hz high frame rate has been implemented with the hope of minimizing cross talk for minimal image distortion. Additionally, the projector uses a single Ultra High Performance (UHP) lamp that drives brightness of 1,000 ANSI lumens and with Sony's Advanced Iris 3 technology produces a dynamic contrast ratio reported to be 150,000:1.

The new projector has also been built to integrate with third-party control systems. Sony has worked closely with major custom home theater control companies ensuring that drivers are available and accurate. The VPL-VW90ES should integrate easily with home automation systems including Control4, Crestron, AMX, Savant, Ultimate Remote Control, RTI, Vantage, and others. The projector is also Control4 Certified and includes an AMX Device Discovery Beacon.

The projector does not require a special screen so it can be easily placed in existing home theaters with minimal revision to the set up. It includes two pairs of Sony active shutter 3D glasses that are also compatible with Sony's 3D capable BRAVIA HDTVs.

The VPL-VW90ES SXRD 3D front projector will be available in November for about $10,000 through Sony authorized installers and specialty dealers around the country. It will come equipped with two pairs of Sony active shutter 3D glasses and a built-in 3D transmitter.

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