Looking at Sony's VPL-VW40 and VPL-VW60, it's pretty easy to guess where the newly announced VPL-VW80 is likely to sit in the company's line-up. While we'll doubtless see a higher price point, there's a pretty major increase in (claimed) contrast ratio over the VPL-VW60, as well as some nifty new processing features.
As ever, there's a list of specs to wade through:
- 1,920 x 1,080 resolution
- 60,000:1 contrast ratio (dynamic iris)
- Triple- SXRD panel
- 2.5ms response time
- 100hz, 24hz modes
- Bravia Engine 2 image processing
- Real Colour Processing (a system which has impressed us before)
- 800 ANSI lumens
- Screen size example: 80in from 8.6ft to 12.8ft
- Connections: two HDMI, one Component, one S-Video, one composite, one VGA, one serial
- 20dB operating volume
- Backlit remote (a small, but useful detail)
Sony being Sony, there's no pricing information as yet, but at a guess £4-5,000 seems a reasonable (if wide) ballpark. Hopefully we'll get one in for testing soon to see what's what.