Sony's deluxe high-def projector

Here's one for all of you hankering after an utterly awesome, money-no-object cinema: a projector equipped with technology that would've cost £20

Here's one for all of you hankering after an utterly awesome, money-no-object cinema: a projector equipped with technology that would've cost £20K in the past.The beast in question - it's virtually half a metre square in each direction - is the Sony VPL-VW100. Swish design aside, the technology powering the machine is what makes it so special - it's the first affordable projector to use Sony's SXRD mirrors. That means miraculously small pixels and - in theory - a beautifully smooth picture without the 'chicken-wire' effect some older and cheaper projectors suffer from. The SXRD tech was previously used in Sony's made-to-order Qualia 004.Sony's new entrant is also promisingly specced, with a stupidly high contrast ratio and a resolution and sockets ready for every flavour of high def broadcasts (unusually, it'll even support 1080p, the most detailed high-def format). Contrast ratios are a nonsense because because there's no industry standard for measuring them, but Sony rates this one at 15,000:1. By contrast (ahem), most projectors manage around 3,000-5,000:1.To round things out, the VPL-VW100 has plenty of socketry in the form of HDMI, DVI-D, composite and S-Video ports.Naturally, all this home cinema goodness doesn't come cheap - when the projector goes on sale in December it'll set you back a cool £4,700.Related stories:The pocket projector revolutionEpson's all-in-one projector