Reconsider Front Projection HDTV

At the CEDIA show this week in Denver, one hot topic has been the new wave of 1080p front projectors designed for HDTV applications. Until now, these typically cost $10,000 or more, and were destined for high-end home theater installations.

Then on Wednesday, Sony announced its new VPL-VW50 that uses the company’s acclaimed SXRD version of LCoS technology. It is scheduled to ship later this month with 900 lumens, dual HDMI connectors, power zoom, and auto-iris, all for a surprising $4,999 list.

Sony is not the only one to come out with similarly-priced 1080p projectors, though I don’t have the details on some of the others yet. This new low price is getting a lot of attention, and if you want a really large display in your home, this is becoming an affordable way to get it. The projector screens that reject ambient light aren’t inexpensive, but they can make a front projector installation in a typical living room a practical option.