Sony Introduces New Models of 3D TVs, BD Recorders

Aug 27, 2010
Shinya Saeki, Nikkei Electronics
Sony's new LCD TVs and Blu-ray Disc (BD) recorders supporting 3D video
Sony's new LCD TVs and Blu-ray Disc (BD) recorders supporting 3D video
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The new BD recorders feature three standby modes.
The new BD recorders feature three standby modes.
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Sony Corp unveiled its new LCD TVs and Blu-ray Disc (BD) recorders that support 3D video Aug 26, 2010.

The new products are targeted at the year-end selling season and will be released from Sept 17, 2010, in Japan.

Sony will launch the "Bravia HX80R" 3D LCD TV, which is equipped with a BD drive and a 500-Gbyte hard disk drive (HDD), in three sizes: 55, 46 and 40 inches. 3D movies can be viewed on the TV by purchasing the "3D glasses" and the "3D synchro transmitter."

The LCD panel of the HX80R comes with an edge-lit white LED backlight unit capable of local dimming. The same backlight unit was employed for the Bravia HX800, which was announced in March 2010 (See related article). The built-in BD drive (recorder) complies with BDXL for extendability.

The expected retail prices of the 55-, 46- and 40-inch models are ¥440,000 (approx US$5,195), ¥360,000 and ¥300,000, respectively.

As for the BD recorders, Sony will release six models that have HDDs with capacities ranging from 320 Gbytes to 2 Tbytes. They are also compatible with BDXL.

The new BD recorders feature three standby modes: the "instant boot mode," "normal boot mode" and "low-power standby mode." In the instant boot mode, the power consumption is as high as 18W, but the boot time is about 0.5 seconds. And the power consumption and the boot time in the normal boot mode are about 0.2W and six seconds, respectively.

The BD recorders have a function to learn how they are used by the users and stand by in the instant boot mode for a total of six hours in a day and in the normal boot mode for 18 hours. With the function, the two modes are automatically switched.

In the low-power standby mode, the power consumption and the boot time are about 0.08W and 40 seconds, respectively. The expected retail prices of the 2-Tbyte and 320-Gbyte models are ¥270,000 and ¥95,000.

Sony also announced a BD player whose height is as short as 36mm. It is expected to be priced at ¥35,000.