Excerpt: Introduction The performance increase of home video products over the past three years, paired with precipitous price drops, is nothing short of unprecedented. 50-inch HDTVs that only a few years ago cost $20,000 today cost less than $2,000. Never before have we seen video technology get so good so fast and for so little money.
Excerpt: Well, the VPL-VW50 goes even farther. It's a sleek, gorgeous looking projector that retails for $5K. You read that right. Sony' SXRD front pro line started at $30K, dropped to $10K in the second generation Ruby (which remains available) and is now just $5K. Not only is that cheap for 1080p front projection in general, it's outrageous for a projector as slick and robustly featured as this one.
Excerpt: The front projection price to performance ratio mimics the personal computer market in many ways, while processors and memory do indeed fall in price from quarter to quarter, what was adequate last quarter may not satisfy our ever growing desire for bigger, better, faster and more. Back when 200 MHz processors were first introduced 1 GHz seemed like the holy grail of processing, now many of us are eyeing 3 GHz or better chips for our computing needs.
Excerpt: Image Quality: Continued from Sony VPL-VW50 (Pearl) Review – Part 1 . I had a bag full of SD and HD DVD’s on hand for the review but this being a Sony projector it just felt appropriate to pull out the Superbit version of ‘The Fifth Element’. Yes this disc has many a mile on it but that familiarity was also comforting; considering I was about to critically analyze a display technology (SXRD) that I’m admittedly less than thoroughly familiar with.