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How big a rush are you in? There is preliminary info that next month Sony is announcing a new VPL-HW55ES that replaces the current HW50ES, but will be based on the same chassis as the current VW95ES. In fact the HW55ES may effectively replace both the HW50ES and the VW95ES, but be priced around $4K, as is the current HW50ES. The HW50ES has rather good light output (better than the VW95ES especially in 3D mode) and the new HW55ES will probably also have good light output. No official details nor pricing are expected until next month at the IFA show in Berlin, Germany (European version and prices) then a couple of weeks later at the CEDIA show in Denver (US pricing announced there). Sony may very well also introduce are more expensive 1080p model (if they decide to replace the VW95ES with another 1080p model in the $7K MSRP price range) and they are expected to announce a new 4K UHD projector in the $12K price range (but only speculation at this point). JVC will also be announcing their new models next month at these same shows.
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