Sony puts a projector into a table and a speaker into a TV at CES

Big, bright screens are a huge part of CES every year, and 2018 is no different. Sony has long been a provider of high-end televisions, and this year it has a few different products on offer at the show, each interesting in its own right. The highlights include a short-throw projector and a pair of big televisions.

Up first is the LSPX-A1 4K Ultra Short-Throw Projector.  As part of Sony's Life Space UX line, this projector is meant to disappear into your living room—despite the clunky name. This short-throw projector will sit right in front of the wall it's going to light up. With that in mind, Sony is making the projector look like a piece of furniture. It has an artificial marble top and half-mirror-finished aluminum frame, as well as a wooden shelf to store your components.

When in use, this projector can display 4K HDR content in a size up to 120" diagonally. To further help hide cords, the unit has speakers and a subwoofer to deliver audio without the need for additional speakers.

On the more traditional side of things are the A8F Series OLED and the X900F series TVs. Both are 4K HDR-compatible sets powered by Sony's X1 Extreme processor. For you HDR nuts, both HDR 10 and Dolby Vision standards are supported. Most interesting, though, is the inclusion of Sony's Acoustic Surface tech on the A8F models. Instead of traditional speakers built into the TV's bottom or back, the screen itself is the speaker by way of vibration. Sony says this tech can make sound seem as if it's coming directly from the source on the television, such as a speaking person's mouth.

On the more traditional LED side of things, the X900F will be available sizes from 49" to 85". Sony says the highlight of this panel is its X-Motion Clarity motion enhancement technology, which "keeps fast action images smooth and lifelike." That sounds like an improved version of the motion-enhancement effects we've been seeing on TVs for years, known colloquially as the soap opera effect.

Sony also has on display a prototype version of its X1 Ultimate picture processor, which it says has twice the processing power of the current X1 Extreme. The company will be showcasing it in an 8K HDR display with a peak brightness of 10,000 nits. Bring your sunglasses.

Sony isn't talking pricing on any of these just yet, but says the projector will be available this spring. We're guessing at a similar time frame for the televisions.

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    • albundy
    • 2 years ago

    sony already had a speaker in the panel. back in yesteryear.

    [url<][/url<] Spectral Highlights FTW! whatever that means. Is this new one on a kickstand like the old one? thats really cheezy looking and a real dealbreaker. and will they charge an exorbitant amount for the same picture quality as an LG OLED? I'm also very curious on how long OLED will last with MicroLED throwing OLED under the bus.

    • brucethemoose
    • 2 years ago

    The “soap opera effect” is often uttered like a curse, but I like HFR videos… In fact, it makes 24p feel a little sluggish after awhile.

    • the
    • 2 years ago

    I strongly suspect that the Sony 4K laser projector shares much of its internal components with the recent Dell 4K laser short throw. The main components are actually manufactured by Texas Instruments which anyone interested could source.

    That 8K 10,000 nit display is a bit crazy. I’ve seen [url=<]Barco Chronis Units[/url<] at full 2100 nit brightness which was uncomfortable to use. I totally get why it can go to such extreme brightness (it doubles as a backlight for x-ray prints) which why that brightness is not intended for normal prolonged usage. A 10,000 nit display would probably be blinding to watch at any sort of distance where 8K would actually matter.

      • jihadjoe
      • 2 years ago

      Isn’t Sony’s the same projector they’ve been demoing since 2014, just in a different form factor that now includes speakers?

      • brucethemoose
      • 2 years ago

      It has to be 10,000 nit peak only, at best. I’m pretty sure a uniform, constant 10,000 nits would create into heat problems for the screen.

      • Generic
      • 2 years ago

      As brucethemoose said, you’re aren’t going to be watching a full screen at peak brightness.

      It’s the range that’s important as it enables the display to show all the information available in a given scene. A dark bar with an open window was used as a demo during a prior CES where you could see everything inside and outside of the window in full detail.

      Besides you can always turn down the brightness your own self… 😉

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