updated 08:00 pm EDT, Wed September 7, 2011
Sony opens CEDIA with US launch of 3D headgear, 4K
Sony opened up the CEDIA home theater show with both new and newly US-bound gear. The HMZ-T1 wearable 3D viewer is now coming to the US and should be available in November for $799. The headset has a unique dual-panel OLED that outputs 720p to each eye more naturally than active shutter glasses.
Also coming is a genuinely new 4K projector. The VPL-VW1000ES is its first front projector intended for the home to hit the resolution, which is four times higher than 1080p. Even with the higher pixels, it's still reportedly twice as bright as Sony's other SXRD-based projectors at 2,000 lumens. A new SXRD panel helped both improve the brightness while working with a new lens iris system to hit a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio normally reserved for TVs. All content, even 3D, can upscale to the 4K resolution to get a more natural look.
A 2.1X motorized zoom is joined by several features that still cater to those who might opt for a custom install, such as control over a local network or home automation system, an RS232 serial port, and twin triggers. The infrared transmitter for active shutter glasses comes built in.
Sony didn't give a price for the VW1000ES but should have it ready by the end of the year.
Two new home theater receivers joun the group, the STR-DA3700ES and its DA5700ES counterpart. Either has a Faroudja 1080p upscaling processor along with Android and iPhone app remote control and access to both Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited. Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, and other third-party options are available. A new interface reaches the two.
Full details of the receivers haven't appeared, although it's presumed the elite-level badging gives a baseline of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio for 7.1-channel sound. The DA5700ES adds DLNA network media sharing as well as newer surround sound formats like DTS Neo X.
The two new home theater devices should be available in November but haven't given firm prices.