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Sony introduces a more affordable 3D projector

Sony VPL-HW30ES

Sony is expanding its 3D projector line-up with a more affordable model, the €3300 (£2937) VPL-HW30ES.

It joins last year's £6000 VPL-VW90ES, offering improved technology for less money, says Sony.

Its dynamic lamp control system is said to offer 3D images that are three times as bright as the VPL-VW90ES, while new, lighter 3D active-shutter glasses provide "a more comfortable viewing experience and a reduction in the ghosting effects that can spoil 3D viewing".

Sony's high frame rate SXRD Full HD panel is combined with MotionFlow technology to help create smoother motion and reduce image blur.

The projector can also simulate 3D images from 2D material, if you so desire.

It's compatible with Sony's new TDG-PJ1 3D glasses, which are 18g lighter than the previous model, and they can be charged in 30 minutes to provide 30 hours of continuous viewing.

There's also a new 3D transmitter, the TMR-PJ1, which synchronises with the glasses.

Sony says the VPL-HW30ES will be available from July. The transmitter and glasses are sold separately for €100 (£89) and €70 (£62) respectively.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.