Originally Posted by BaronKatz
"Sony Qualia 015
The 015 is a 36-inch monitor in which Sony uses thermal transfer films that were printed by laminating the color filter and phosphorus to allow the monitor to thermally transfer pictures directly to the glass of the CRT's front panel."
You can translate this page in Google if you like: http://www.sony.jp/CorporateCruise/Press/200306/03-0610D/
It also has pictures of how that technology works. So NO it wasn't just a rebadge. Whether this technology changes the picture quality is up to the beholder, how it's set up and callibrated, etc... I'm sure this technology wasn't cheap. Also it looks like it can accept 1125i, which was probably standard in Japan but not here. Not sure how many lines of resolution it actually had.
If you remove the frame from any of Sony'x 34" XBR line of CRTs, you will find the face of a flat tube that will measure... 36", corner to corner. The 36" size that Sony is quoting is precisely this. With the hand made bezel on the thing that you love so much in place, your screen size will measure only 34". As for "thermally transferring pictures directly to the glass of the CRTs front panel," this is well meaningless jargon that appears to have been written by a person who has no understanding of how a CRT functions. It is either not a CRT, in which case this puzzling sentence takes on the meaning of some entirely different display technology made only for Qualia and never used again, or it forms its image by way of electrons beamed at the glass causing phosphors to glow--JUST LIKE ANY OTHER CRT.
When I run the link you provided through the translator, I see these words:
super fine pitch FD Trinitron tube
If we aren't more clear, they are stating that this is what the Qualia 015 is. If we bother to consult wikipedia, we can easily learn exactly what a super fine pitch FD Trinitron tube
actually is. We can also see a long list of various HDTV CRTs which already have this rare and sought-after technology. So, let's read on to try and determine what additional technology exists in the Qualia 015 that mortal man has never beheld.
With thermal transfer directly to the front panel glass of cathode-ray tube was printed in layers color filter and phosphor, thermal transfer film of the newly developed "Fine Image Transfer Film", and that it formed at the same time the color filter and the phosphor screen, and developed a completely new process have.
I love Japanese. I don't speak one word of it but I've waded through a lot of it over the years, translated by way of my crappy abilities with a couple of dictionaries, and much assisted with machine translation since babelfish. And I can tell you that "Fine Image Transfer Film" is not anything that actually delivers an image to you on a CRT screen. I don't need Japanese fluency to know this about CRT technology. So again, this is either some entirely new and completely different kind of display, or it is a CRT. On this very page, they state quite flatly that it is a CRT, and moreover, a super fine pitch FD Trinitron tube, in other words, exactly what we know to be in many a consumer-level XBR television from the era. So what exactly is this "Transfer Film?" I think I can answer that question for you quite simply, and particularly so when they mention how it is "thermal transfer film."
There it is. This is the "thermal transfer film." That's the film that Sony created in order to protect the glass face of their flat CRTs, and to prevent overhead glare. Why thermal? What's that all about? Well how do you think they bond it to the glass? If you'll bother to search this forum you will find many a thread from a dissatisfied Sony XBR owner--because the anti-glare film can separate from the glass over time, or dull, harden, develop a cataract and other undesirabilities. It looks great when it's new, but does dim the image a bit. As you can imagine, this becomes a bigger problem as the television and its phosphors age... for all sorts of reasons.
If on the other hand, you have some kind of evidence that the "film transfer technology" used in this television is different from this, please provide it to us. However, as the Sony product page does state this to be a super fine pitch FD Trinitron tube, and those exist quite well in the wild outside your high estate walls, I think that the precedent for what this film technology must be is clear, mangled as it may be from machine translated Japanese.
Anyway, I remember reading all about this, so I didn't just take it out of thin air.
You didn't connect the dots, unfortunately.
You have many assumptions without checking the technology or facts behind them.
And to think that I have you to thank for what appears to be a quite definitive statement on what the actual facts are. Thanks a lot, now I know my assumptions are completely correct.
I already mentioned that the Qualia projector and rear projection TV used a new type of Lcos CCD chip that hadn't been used before in consumer devices and that it had inputs and technology for 2003 that were quite new as even full HD was rare then (most projectors and TV's being sold were 720p or 1080i at the time). So the projector and rear projector TV definately were not like anything Sony had at the time and was not rebadged either.
But as we can now see, the Qualia 015 certainly is a rebadged XBR.
And I never said that hand assembly or lacquered panels or any of that would make the picture quality better, but it DOES add to the cost of production, which was my point of why it would cost more.
Why don't you just get any CRT with an acceptable enough image, then rent out a shop to work some metal, wood, etc. and make your own case if that is really such a huge deal? NONE of that stuff makes the picture quality better, but it seems that just isn't as important to you.
And I'll just leave this here.
Edit: Almost forgot about this bit:
Also it looks like it can accept 1125i, which was probably standard in Japan but not here. Not sure how many lines of resolution it actually had.
I've done this and various other-than-standard resolutions on several XBR, Samsungs, and LG HDTV CRTs through the years. It has a great deal more to do with the video circuit than the tube, and any XBR with a super fine pitch tube can physically beam as high as you can see in the wiki link.