updated 12:10 pm EST, Tue February 27, 2007
Rear-Project Bravias 2007
Another release by Sony today saw the company follow its direct-view LCD introductions with an update to its Bravia 3LCD rear-projection sets. All three are about 22-percent slimmer than earlier models, making them an easier fit in apartments and other tight home theaters. Each model brings support for the Bravia Internet Link for streaming media and Bravia Theater Sync for faster switching of HDMI sources, as well as the Cross Media Bar interface for managing the TV itself.
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The pictured 46- and 50-inch E3000 series will be 1080p-capable sets, capable of 60Hz refresh rates (with 24Hz conversion for movies), dual HDMI inputs, and three component inputs. A 37-inch model, the H1000, is built as a step up from CRTs with almost the same dimensions as a much smaller 32-inch tube set. Though capable of only 720p, the H1000 has all the other features of its larger equivalents, including dual HDMI and three component ports. It should appear first in May for $1,300, while the E3000 models will be ready in July at prices to be revealed later.