Sony's feeling good enough about its new 3LCD rear-projection line to lose the WEGA moniker
and brand these things BRAVIA
. Improvements include new cabinets that are about 22 percent slimmer than the last generation, support for the BRAVIA Internet Video Link for peeping AOL, Yahoo! and other internet video content, and the BRAVIA Engine EX for prettier pictures. Leading the pack is the 50-inch, 1080p KDF-50E3000, which along with its 46-inch KDF-46E3000 1080p sibling manages dual HDMI inputs that support 1080/60p and 24p directly to cut out flicker and artifacts, along with a trio of component ins and a PC HDMI plug. The 50-incher measures 12.6-inches deep, while the 45-incher a mere 11.9-inches, so the lines are really starting to blur between these rear projection units and actual flat-panels. The 37-inch KDF-37H1000 steps the resolution down to 1280 x 720, but still supports the same respectable number of inputs as the E3000 displays, and manages to be 10-inches slimmer than its Sony CRT equivalent. The KDF-50E3000 and KDF-46E3000 won't be shipping until July, and we're in the dark as to pricing, but the KDF-37H1000 will arrive in May for about $1,300. The Internet Video Link module will be appearing in July for about $300.
Sony slims down its BRAVIA 3LCD micro-display line