Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Nobber, Jul 31, 2005.
it's been discontinued?
Where did you hear this?
Strange huh.... Wonder what's going on?
Sony are going through a strange phase at the moment. Some companies have just stopped dealing with them altogether. All is not what it seems!
If true, it must be the shortest lived product ever.
Not simply terms of the time since it was released, but because for 50% of that very short time there was hardly any stock available.
I was lucky... I got one of the first HS50's at Xmas, but I reckon its really only been widely available for 2 or 3 months!
Then there have been people who waited weeks for firmware updates to fix the blanking issue. Not sure if this has still been fully resolved.
Surely this is not normal marketing practice and suggests that Sony have either identified a fundamental design flaw (blanking issue?) they can't fix, or that they will release their next machine early to react to the affordable DLP's now hitting the market.
Something is going on... and I'd love to know what it is.
but don't they announce a new model every year at the September CEDIA in the states??
i hope this is true as im thinking of upgrading to this model or the BenQ 7700 from my hitachi in the next few months. prefer to buy equipment like this brand new but i suppose it wouldnt be so bad picking up a sony from a fellow member. i shall keep tabs on this and any news benji would be helpfull
We were told by our Sony rep yesterday that Sony have incoming stock early August, this is confirmed by the Sony stock computer. This can't be considered 100% but should be accurate.
I must emphasise that some pretty major players (especially people with websites) are just not stocking Sony any more, quite understandably imho! They make great products but the UK company are just arrogant and treat their dealers with a degree of 'healthy contempt'.
There is of course the distinct possibility we are wrong, but I don't think it's as strightforward as it appears.
cheers for the update benji
Tell me how you get on, I'm interested how much of a step down you'll see from the TX...PJ
i shall let you know if i can afford to do it. hoping to come into a little money in maybe september/october so its either a new PJ or maybe a LCD screen, undecided as of yet. quiet liking what im hearing about the BenQ
Wouldn't be suprised. Just before I bought my projector (HS50), I bought a really small Sony MP3 player. Great little device, with loads of promise for firmware upgrades etc. Sony pretty much drops it from their line within only a couple of months. Brilliant player it is too, especially compared to the rather large new flash player models their pushing (the pen looking ones, with, I accept, better screen).
Must admit I thought it strange when I bought mine for a reduced price at my nearest Sony shop in May.When I asked the store manager for the reason it had been reduced he said it was being replaced with a more expensive model and his area boss had told him there would be no more HS50 stock.
Strange times these!
We have stock confirmed for deliver on 8th August. Let's see if it turns up!
I was all set to get a HS50, but the folks here have pretty much convinced me to switch to a 7700, just gotta check I don't suffer from the rainbow effect.
I'll feel better buying a brand that doesn't treat its customers with the contempt that Sony seems to, at least going by what I've read around here. And if they treat the retailers as badly then I'm not surprised they're getting dropped.
BTW AVLand had them as discontinued at least a week ago, I was a bit concerned when I first saw it.
Check this out - http://www.pipro.de/news.htm
Sony VPL-VW100 1920x1080 panel plus a couple more surprises from other manufacturers!
If that Sony unit is priced at similar level to the HS50, the DLP manufacturers will be pooping themselves.
Somehow I doubt it though.
The Sanyo Z4.... 5000:1 contrast and 22db! Wouldn't that make it the quietest projector yet?
A Greek fella over on avsforums reckons the VW100 is a single chip SXRD device
Thats a pretty extreme rumour.
'car_rod' over here on avsforums reckons its a two year old post on pipro's page.
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