The Good Slimmed-down design; simple operation; high-definition compatibility; improved picture performance.
The Bad Limited features; average analogue TV and audio performance.
The Bottom Line Rear-projection performance has greatly improved and screens are no longer as cumbersome as they once were. Sony's KDF-E50A12U may not be as slim as a flat screen, but the price and specification make it an attractive option -- even if it is light on features
|Sony KDF-E50A12U||Sony Bravia KDL-40W2000||Loewe Individual 40 Compose Full-HD+ 100 DR+||Toshiba Regza 32RV635DB||Sony Bravia KDL42W705|
|Price||£1,220 Typical Price||£1,220 Typical Price||£1,220 Typical Price||£1,220 Typical Price||£1,220 Typical Price|
Rear-projection TVs used to be regarded as oversized alternatives that offered big-screen entertainment at the expense of living-room space and picture quality. And the emergence of large flat screens threatened to expel the technology altogether.
But improved picture performance, reduced dimensions and above all affordability has seen a resurgence in the rear-projection market. Sony's KDF-E50A12U is a huge 50-inch screen that claims to take up the same corner space as a 42-inch plasma -- and at only £1,220 online, it costs considerably less.
Sony's latest 3LCD technology has freed the picture of typical rear-projection constraints such as blurred detail, bleached colours and poor off-axis viewing to produce a surprisingly creditable picture. And the future-proof specification includes an integrated digital TV tuner and high-resolution panel with digital connectivity that's high-definition compatible.
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