Originally Posted by peterpioli
I have a Sony BDP-S1000ES too. Where did you find the "Detail" setting in the menu?
Detail is what Pioneer calls the setting. Sony calls it Enhance... from what I can tell both boosts the ANSI CR in a similar fashion by darkening the darks and lightening the lights without introducing edge enhancement (to a large degree).
Unless I'm mistaken if used outside of the default settings the Video Equalizer section will simply un-calibrate your display. NR (noise reduction) I stay away from completely which leaves the HD Enhancer which I did play around with.
I didn't spend a lot of time with Smoothing (why I shot the wall/cabinets) and FGR (film grain reducer). I did pump them up to their limit figuring it would be the easiest to spot and nothing jumped out at me. Since I think both would change the actual pixels displayed unless they were some how magical I'd avoid using them too.
Which only leaves Enhance which is why I posted images with its various settings. I didn't notice it in person but looking at the images you can see the Sony is showing a little better shadow details (look at the stuff on the counter) and the Pioneer's image has brighter whites (look at his watch highlights).
Which leads me to believe the Pioneer overall boosts the ANSI CR a little more than the Sony. Whether this is good or bad can depend on a lot of factors. However the further you go the more likely it is you will introduce crushing on both ends.
I returned the player this morning not because I didn't like it. Rather I didn't see any reason to keep it. Pioneer and LG (BD390) offer the same basic Enhance feature (the only one I would use) at less than half the cost street wise (I'm using a BDP-23FD). Build quality is better than Sony's 360 and 560 models and roughly identical to the older 550 model. Certainly nothing to write home about considering its price (I paid list - 10% at BB).
I don't do DVDs so I can't comment on them. All and all it's a nicer player than their entry level models. I just happen to think its one advanced feature not found on the entry guys (they typically add EE instantly) can be had for a lot less and there isn't anything else unique enough to make you want to pay the difference.