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As far as I can tell from reading the single brochure Sony has published, the LCD panels are exactly the same between the 10HT and the 11HT (and the Sanyo PLV-60 for that matter). The improved contrast ratio of the 11HT is attributed to a new optical lens assembly. This may be the most expensive part after the LCD and beam splitter assembly, but Sony has in the past not changed things that don't need changing (the VPL-W400Q and VPL-VW10HT lens assemblies will interchange). It should be possible to use the new lens but it'll be expensive, you might be dollars ahead by selling the old projector and buying the 11HT.
Interestingly, the brochure does not mention that the projector chassis are the same - where did you hear that? A lot of us were hoping for an internal scaler re-design, to allow passthrough of 1366X768 video modes without scaling. It is unclear whether this is even possible with the existing circuitry, although we are hoping it is, and could be implemented with a firmware change.
[This message has been edited by Gary McCoy (edited 05-30-2001).]
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