The reason why I'm a bit excited about the 50ES is largely do to this interview from Italy
"First of all, the development of new HW50 was managed directly by the father of the 4k model. Matsuda who revolutionized the field of high-end video projection, putting across all competitors. Matsuda has completely redesigned the optics that allows now a detail and a much higher luminous efficiency. The luminous flux now rises to ben 1,700 lumens while in calibration (6,500° kelvin) the luminous flux in lumen 1,195 remains .
The change of the objective, although manual type, was a logical choice to be able to take full advantage of the new DSP X-Reality Pro that promises to give a detail never seen before full HD images. The processor is derived directly from that posted in the VPL-VW1000ES, is similar to what is included in top-of-the-line LCD TV Sony (HX855, HX955) and has been optimized for video projection. Unfortunately the new HW50 here at IFA is off."
The Sony 1000 is the best front projector and the Sony LCD flat panels are rated among the best. Now we read the 50ES leverages off these technologies and Sony's most talented designer "completely redesigned" the optics from the 30ES.
Since I repeatedly criticized the lack of resolution in the 30ES, its only fitting that i now be rather excited about the 50ES.
reports the direct comparison with the JVC:
"Sony did a great job of demoing it. I’ll try to write later (from memory) about how it looked compared to last year’s top of the line $12,000 JVC… Let’s just say dealers in the demo room were almost stunned that the HW50ES could in terms of picture quality, take on the JVC and not be embarrassed. "
I realize that dealers and manufactures frown upon these types of direct comparisons, but we consumers luv'em.