Sony's big screen duo

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While some companies like Sharp, are championing LCD as the future for the TV set, Sony is still backing rear projection systems as the best bet for those who want high defintion images on a large screen.

At Ceatec it debuted the Qualia 006, a 70-inch rear projection TV powered by a liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) chip. The TV is set to be launched in the US next year for around $10,000, though a European release is unlikely.

Sony hasn’t neglected LCD though. Its Qualia 005 boasts a uniquely designed array of light emitting diodes called Triluminos that Sony claims provides a far wider spectrum of colour than standard LCD TVs. The set debuts in Japan in November and the United States in spring 2005.

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