Originally Posted by dbong
I'm currently focusing on the clarity and sharpness issue that 'scamper' brought up. I have not yet seen this for certain. For both colors and clarity, I've noticed that some source material is just plain poor and is ineligible for review.
I agree that some source material is just plain poor.
Regarding the clarity and sharpness, I am not seeing any problems with my 52W3000. Yes, the menus are not really sharp, but it's by design - i.e. a lot of antialiasing is used. The effect is the same on the XBR4 - i.e. the menus at first don't look sharp enough. The XBR2 menus at first seem sharper, but if you get up close to them, you find that they, too, use anti-aliasing, but a lot less of it due to the older menu design (i.e. no XMB). Actually, it may not be anti-aliasing that is the culprit. I'm really getting the impression that the menus are rendered internally at, say, 720p, and then scaled to the 1080p panel. Must be a limitation of the internal chipset inside the TV. By comparison, the TiVo Series 3 also renders it's menus at 720p - these look less smoothed and a little chunkier on the W3000 (sent as 720p in native mode over HDMI) than the menus built-in to the W3000. So, the W3000 must be doing a lot of smoothing of the internal menu images before displaying it on the screen. This is actually quite annoying - i.e. why didn't they just use a more powerful menu system and display the darn things at 1080p?????
I have a PS3 connected via HDMI, set to 1080p, and I have made sure that the W3000 is configured to "Full Pixel" with no overscan for this input. The PS3 interface looks absolutely beautiful. It is razor sharp, and quite amazing. This tells me that there is no issue with the actual LCD panel - it is very sharp.
I have also set the HDMI input connected to my TiVo Series 3 to "Full Pixel", so that 1080i signals will be displayed in native resolution (aside from the conversion in the TV to progressive). This again will give the sharpest image. The downside is that due to no overscanning when set to full pixel, on some standard def channels (or when SD stuff is being broadcast on HD stations), sometimes you can see unintended stuff at the edge of the picture - i.e. stuff in the signal that is normally hidden due to overscan.
[I wish you could set the picture size settings per source format
, as opposed to per input
. This would allow me to set normal overscan for SD stuff, but use Full Pixel for 1080i signals....]