Sony Qualia 006

May 1, 2005

qualia 006The consumer electronics business is a funny thing. One semi-fundamental rule is if you can’t afford it now, just wait a few years and while it might sound like a cliché, for the most part its true. Technology has a way of working down to the budget minded consumer, often with nearly the full performance of its higher priced cousin intact.

For evidence of this premise I need look no farther than my living room, in which I have an InFocus ScreenPlay 7205 hung from the ceiling. The 7205 with 1000 ANSI lumens, a contrast ratio of 2200:1 and native resolution of 1280×720 would have cost nearly triple the 5k retail it goes for today, 10 years ago. Although I’m not even sure such a projector was available in that form factor then, it would have likely taken a CRT to deliver that resolution, but I digress.

My point is for the most part consumer electronics get better, smaller, and less expensive as time goes on, and that’s one heck of a long intro into why I’m even writing about the Qualia 006 from Sony. The Qualia 006 is a 70” SXRD rear projection television, which is a mouthful to describe a television, but somehow “television” doesn’t do the 006 justice. SXRD is Sony’s variant of LCoS, but again calling the 006 an LCoS display doesn’t quite do the display justice either


SXRD stands for Silicon Xtal (Crystal) Reflective Device, as if you were in need of another acronym today. While the actual display technology behind the 006 is impressive, to non-techies the 1920×1080 pixel resolution is what will likely grab your attention first. The second, or possibly third, forth, or fifth thing you’ll notice depending on what source material is playing at the time, is the price. The Qualia 006 is not an inexpensive television, 13k worth of not expensive to be exact.

Sony has positioned the 006 as a no compromise showpiece display, but that doesn’t mean the average citizen of home theaterville shouldn’t take notice. It’s very likely some of us may own a RPTV similar to the 006 one day as Sony’s SXRD technology performs better than the majority of currently available plasmas, LCD’s and DLP’s. It’s all about the fill factor, the pixel structure of the Qualia 006 is much tighter than that found in most LCD or DLP RPTV’s, which simply put provides a much more impressive image.

All of this resolution however does come at a price, and not the one your wallet will suffer. Standard definition, I’ve read, leaves a lot to be desired on the 006, which actually makes sense. Up until now DVD’s offered enough resolution to look just fine on a high definition monitor, the 006 however is capable of displaying easily twice a DVD’s resolution. The effect of watching the plebian DVD on this set would in my estimation be akin to living next to a landfill and then washing the windows. The end result would only emphasize your plight.

Currently there are only two places I’m aware of to catch a glimpse of this behemoth display; those are the Qualia stores in New York, NY and Las Vegas NV. Again, mass consumption is apparently not a factor in the pricing or promotion of this display.

Sony Qualia 006 PDF Brochure


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Comments

  • GCR

    If you’re in the Western NY area, you can see the Qualia 006 (and the $30,000 Qualia 004 projector as well) at Stereo Advantage on Main Street in Williamsville. They don’t have the Qualia 004 running all the time – expensive bulbs.

  • GCR

    If you’re in the Western NY area, you can see the Qualia 006 (and the $30,000 Qualia 004 projector as well) at Stereo Advantage on Main Street in Williamsville. They don’t have the Qualia 004 running all the time – expensive bulbs.