San Diego -
said Friday that it will ship a new affordably priced SXRD 3D projector in the U.S. next month at a $3,699 suggested retail.
The VPL-HW30ES, will feature 240Hz "SXRD" (LCoS) technology and improved Full HD 1080p 3D support at a more affordable price than last year's $10,000 VPL-VW90ES.
Other features include a 70,000:1 contrast ratio, 1,300 lumens of brightness and an improved 3D system that is said to reduce crosstalk.
For 3D, Sony said it is offering optional new lighter active-shutter 3D eyewear and an add-on IR sync device.
The new glasses, model TDG-PJ1 ($129.99 suggested retail), are said to weigh 18 grams less than the previous model (59 grams compared with 77 grams). They can be charged in 30 minutes to provide 30 hours of continuous watching. The new emitter, the TMR-PJ1 ($79.99), automatically synchronizes 3D content to generate a high-quality natural 3D effect from the new glasses, Sony said.
The VPL-HW30ES is also capable of taking 2D video and simulating 3D images to expand the 3D content possibilities.