|QualiaÂ´s full name is Qualia 004 R1.|
did not know about the R1, the other things I would add to the name
Qualia= new line of "highest end" products for all divisions of Sony (i.e. there are MP3 players, projector, camera......)
the number 004 is the model number. there does not seem to be any order, my guess is that when they decided to make the line as equipment was added to the list they just went up sequentially but obviously production time can vary explaining why the 004 is out but the 001 is not) on the other hand I would guess that if Qualia continues there will eventually be an other Qualia projector, but will it be an upgrade to this one or something different (my guess is that since Sony is still in the LCD projector market there might be an LCD Qualia) the same way that there is a 5 MP camera and a 2MP camera.
on the other hand on the question of "summer of 2005" I have no idea. On the plus side if you go to the Qualia site in the beginning there were 000-020 but they added to the range (they only say what is already out)