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Sony Announces New 3D Projector: the VPL-HW30ES

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Sony_vpl-hw30es_3D_projector.gifSony is taking the next step toward bringing the big screen experience to a wider audience with the introduction of the VPL-HW30ES front projector. Incorporating Sony's latest panel technology and dynamic lamp control system, fans of movies, sports and gaming have the opportunity to enjoy 2D or 3D entertainment, with images that are reported to be nearly three times as bright as Sony's current 3D home projector.

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Utilizing Sony's SXRD (Silicon X-tal Reflective Display) technology, the VPL-HW30ES delivers full high definition video including 3D, using 240Hz panel drive projection technology. When viewers put on the new active shutter 3D glasses (TDG-PJ1 sold separately), the front projector with the 3D transmitter (TMR-PJ1 sold separately) delivers a reportedly crisp and bright image on the screen. Sony's new lamp technology enables 3D display that is brighter and also reduces the cross talk.

Part of the Sony's ES line, this projector will be available in the United States through a network of high-end A/V specialists and custom installers. Also available in a bundle with two pairs of 3D glasses and transmitter, is the VPL-HW30AES.

The VPLHW30ES supports a wide variety of 3D formats including frame packing, side-by-side, and top and bottom. Viewers can enjoy a wide variety of 3D including Blu-ray, broadcast and photography. The projector is also equipped with 2D to 3D conversion function to simulate 3D video and pictures using 2D content. It also features two-way RS232 and an IR input for simple and seamless integration with third party automation systems.

The new projector offers independent 2D/3D picture modes; users can optimize the display based on content being viewed for cinema, sports, gaming or photo viewing. With Sony's SXRD panel and Advanced Iris 3 technologies, the VPL-HW30ES features dynamic contrast to 70,000:1 while delivering 1,300 lumens output. The VPL-HW30ES also supports HDMI1.4a which not only includes 3D support, but also Deep Color and x.v.Color for allegedly natural, vivid reproduction of colors. Sony's video processing which includes Motionflow with Dark Frame Insertion and Mosquito and Block Noise reduction and 24p True Cinema capabilities recreates a sharp film-like image.

The VPL-HW30ES, front projector, $3,699.99 begins shipping in July 2011 and is available through Sony's network of A/V specialists and custom installers. The TDG-PJ1, active shutter 3D glasses, $129.99 and TMR-PJ1, 3D transmitter, $79.99 are also available at that time.

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• Read more front projector news from HomeTheaterReview.com.
• Explore other projectors in our Video Projector Review section.
• Search for a 3D-capable Blu-ray player.

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