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SXRD (Silicon X-tal Reflective Display) is Sony's proprietary variant of liquid crystal on silicon, a technology used mainly in projection televisions and video projectors. In the front and rear-projection television market, it competes directly with JVC's D-ILA and Texas Instruments' DLP. Sony has discontinued the production of all of its rear-projection televisions, including those that used SXRD display chips, in favor of flat-panel sets utilizing LCD and OLED displays. Sony has now concentrated SXRD on HD home front-projectors and next generation 4K digital theater projection.


The following SXRD-branded products have been released or announced:

Sony SXRD models
Year Size Series and model numbers
A2000 A3000 XBR Qualia BRAVIA SXRD
2004 Projection -- -- -- 004 --
70" -- -- -- 006 --
2005 50" -- -- KDS-R50XBR1 -- --
60" -- -- KDS-R60XBR1 -- --
Projection -- -- -- -- VPL-VW100
2006 50" KDS-50A2000 -- -- -- --
55" KDS-55A2000 -- -- -- --
60" KDS-60A2000 -- KDS-R60XBR2 -- --
70" -- -- KDS-R70XBR2 -- --
Projection -- -- -- -- VPL-VW50
2007 50" KDS-50A2020 KDS-50A3000 -- -- --
55" KDS-55A2020 KDS-55A3000 -- -- --
60" KDS-60A2020


KDS-60A3000 KDS-Z60XBR5 (Cancelled by Sony) -- --
70" -- -- KDS-Z70XBR5 (Cancelled by Sony)[1] -- --
Projection -- -- -- -- VPL-VW60
2008 Projection -- -- -- -- VPL-VW40
2009 Projection -- -- -- -- VPL-HW15
2010 Projection -- -- -- -- VPL-VWPRO1


While capable of producing good high definition picture quality, Sony have had problems mastering the technology of mass producing the rear projector version of these displays. A high failure rate of the optical block has required repeated replacing the optical blocks on some televisions. Sony previously settled a class action lawsuit filed by owners of the first generation of the SXRDs, and apparently failed to fix this defect. Sony ceased production of all SXRD rear projector sets, as owners of most the second generation sets filed new class-action lawsuits. The second generation class action suits were recently filed and are pending in Federal Court.


External links

  • SonyStyle VPL-VW40 product page
  • All Engadget SXRD articles
  • Sony Professional SXRD Site
  • Sony optical block problems site

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