Sony’s Silicon X-tal Reflective Display Technology

January 14, 2005

sxrdYou probably won’t be able to open a home theater magazine this month without noticing a Sony SXRD pullout and rightfully so. Sony is very proud of their new technology and want prospective HDTV buyers to be fully aware of what 1920 x 1080, 1080p capable displays are all about. Starting with the Qualia 004 projector and onto the Grand WEGA rear-projection SXRD sets, Sony aims to get a strong head start in the ‘higher resolution’ HDTV market.

Sony’s SXRD (Silicon X-tal Reflective Display) technology was developed from LCD (liquid crystal display) but with pixels that are much smaller and more densely packed than in a conventional panel. The end result is a higher resolution image with little to none of the downsides that other HD displays exhibit. One particular downside seen in many LCD displays ‘Screen Door Effect’ is caused by gaps or inactive areas between the pixels. With SXRD technology inter-pixel gaps are reduced to a minimum resulting in a much finer mesh of pixels and better on screen images.

Like I stated in an earlier post, 1080p will be everywhere this year as several other manufacturers have introduced 1080p capable displays. But if you’re in the market for such a set, I urge you to do your homework and see what’s really available. While the end result might be the same number of scan lines, how these manufacturers arrive at that goal does vary.

Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Home Theater News