- Sony's rear projection TVs, due to the DLP technology of tiny mirrors and the small light box, offer the most bang for your buck of any really big screen television but have been getting under cut by the falling prices of plasma and LCD televisions. The technology associated with the small mirrors hasn't evolved into producing this product for cheaper yet, so in the meantime, people are buying the cheaper TVs, as those have equally as good picture quality, or at least to the layman's eye.
Limited Viewing Angles
- Anyone who has watched a big screen TV knows the phenomenon of the picture dimming from certain angles if you get too far off the picture's axis. If the picture isn't eye level, many times it will be dim or dim when you move around the room. This is pretty distracting when watching anything, limiting the number of people who can see the brilliant picture of a rear projection set clearly at any given time. Sony rear projection sets are guilty of this, like other rear projection sets.
- Many of the Sony rear projection TVs reflect anything that's on in the room, forcing you to watch everything in the darkness to get the full picture quality. The reason for this glare comes from a protective shield that is supposed to improve the levels of the blacks and the picture's contrast. This shield can be removed, but it may invalidate the television's factory warranty, which is just as bad as watching it with a reflection.