Video for the Home Theatre
I currently have the Sony VPL-VW50 projector which is
usually referred to as the "Pearl" which I believe was it's internal development
name. It is the Third Sony SXRD projector in a series that started with
the Qualia $35,000 1080p projector of 2 years ago. Last year this was
replaced by the "Ruby" (VW100) at about $7500 and I finally broke down and got
this years "Pearl" at $4200. An order of magnitude decrease in price in 2
years. All of these feature SXRD (liquid crystal on silicon =LCOS)
display panels and active IRIS systems for deep black level capabilities.
The native 1920x1080 panels offer true HD resolution and it shows. This
projector throws an incredible image.
It has 2 HDMI inputs that match up with my new Toshiba XA1
HD-DVD player and my existing HTPC using MCE. I've had no trouble at all
with the HDMI/HDCP connections. The Pearl is almost completely silent in
HD-DVD's on this projector throw the best images I've ever
seen on anything at any price.
In 2008 I got a Sony Playstation 3 for Blu-Ray playback
primarily but it looks fantastic for games on the HDTV. HDMI output.