Thursday, January 03, 2008

High-Definition Projector

The Sony Bravia VPL-VW40 front projector, for example, costs $3,000 but displays images at a vertical resolution of 1,080 lines and 60 frames a second, the highest on the market.

The VPL-VW40, which will be available next month from and other outlets, uses Sony’s 1,920-by-1,080-pixel image panels to project a sharp image measuring up to 25 feet diagonally. It includes two HDMI connections, a component input, a composite input and a PC video input. It can be mounted on a ceiling or placed on a floor stand.

Like most projectors, the VPL-VW40 includes keystone correction for fixing images when the projector is at an angle to the wall. You will need an external video source because the projector does not include a TV tuner.

Put the VPL-VW40’s giant images next to a puny 42-inch plasma, and maybe that $3,000 price tag won’t look so big after all.