Sony announces latest high definition projector: BRAVIA VPL-VW80

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Sony has announced its latest high definition projector, the BRAVIA VPL-VW80.

Just like the VPL-VW40 launched earlier this year, it uses Sony’s proprietary SXRD (Silicon X-tal Reflective Display) technology — a variant of LCoS — to produce its full 1080p image.

Built-in Sony technologies include the BRAVIA ENGINE 2 (the previous model used version one) which handles colour reproduction, Motionflow which adds intermediate frames to the original video source, creating smoother movement, Dark Frame Insertion which optionally adds darkened frames to heighten contrast and remove judder, Real Colour Processing which allows precise tweaking of the colour space, and Iris 2 which dynamically adjusts the lens aperture based on the scene.

It also has a low 2.5ms response time, 60,000:1 contrast ratio, DeepColour support, 1.6x motorised zoom, and dual HDMI inputs. It can also reproduce movies recorded at 24fps, and can be fitted with an optional 2.35:1 CinemaScope lens for complete cinema authenticity (minus the popcorn). All this runs at less than 20dB, so you shouldn’t be distracted by fan noise.

Pricing and availability to be confirmed.

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Andy Merrett
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