Sony Unveils 46-Inch Widescreen Hi-Scan 1080i Projection Television

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Sony Electronics is continuing to broaden its line of Hi-Scan 1080i™ rear-projection televisions with the introduction of a 46-inch widescreen model.

Sony’s first 46-inch rear projection television, the new KP-46WT500 model combines technical and design enhancements that result in a crisp, brilliant picture in a unique, thin bezel tabletop design.

The new TV is equipped with many of the high-performance features available on Sony’s WS- and WV-series models, including the Hi-Scan 1080i™ chassis, an integrated Digital Visual Interface (DVI-HDTV) connection, DRC™ MultiFunction circuitry, an HD MicroFocus™ CRT, HD Detailer™ wideband video amp, MID™-X circuitry and SRS TruSurround™ sound. “Sony now offers the widest variety of 16:9 rear projection televisions in the industry,” said Tim Alessi, director of marketing for Sony Electronics’ Visual Network Products Division. “The new KP-46WT500 model is the most compact widescreen size among our rear-projection sets, yet it still packs the same punch with innovative performance-enhancing features that result in brilliant images and a rich home theater experience.”

Sporting a unique, new design and equipped with proprietary video technologies, the KP-46WT500 model is a terrific solution for home theater enthusiasts who enjoy the rear-projection viewing experience, but are not quite ready for a larger 57-inch or 65-inch set. The new model incorporates a Digital Visual Interface (DVI-HDTV) connection that enables copy-protected, high-definition video content to be delivered to the TV from a DVI/HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) compatible set-top box, such as Sony’s new SAT-HD200 receiver.

The KP-46WT500 features a number of proprietary innovations found in other models in Sony’s 2002 rear-projection line, including:

HD MicroFocus™ CRT with its increased beam strength and 30-percent smaller spot size than conventional CRTs, resulting in a brighter and sharper image; and

HD MicroFocus lens system, which provides clearer focus, resulting in breathtaking picture quality.

The new model also includes such outstanding performance features as Digital Reality Creation Multifunction™ circuitry, CineMotion™ reverse 3:2 pulldown circuitry for optimum film-based video source display, Multi-Image Driver-X with Scrolling Channel Index™ system, and Flexible Twin-View™ 2-tuner picture-and-picture.

In addition, with two HD component video inputs (Y/PB/PR) and DVI-HDTV connection, the KP-46HT500 offers the highest quality connections to DVD players, as well as outstanding performance with HD receiver/decoders.

The new 46-inch model joins Sony’s Hi-Scan® rear projection line-up, which includes the HS-, WS- and WV-series models in 51- to 65-inch screen sizes, and will be available in November for about $1900. An optional stand, SU-46WT, will also be available for about $200.

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