Originally Posted by Gazoman
just to let you know. We are preparing a mass complaining in regards of the ghosting/smearing issue with the XBR4/5 and X3000/X3500.
feel free to join us! alter the information a bit and send it to sony in your country!Ladies and Gentlemen
After the superb experience with the Sony 40V2000 and Sony 40W2000 I was eagerly waiting on my new 40X3500.
First I saw the brilliant color rendition, the unique 100hz implementation and the new underscan feature for 720p HDMI material, but was followed by a low blow unparalleled I would like to explain.
The X3500 has a massive fault that is unacceptable for the new flagship in the range of Sony LCD's and absolutely cries for a solution.Smearing, ghosting in a massive scale in dark objects on also rather dark backgrounds.
primary in fast image rendering (everything above 30fps).
My observations and tests to follow - this is not about the reaction time of the panel itself, but a bug in the Bravia (PRO?) Engine.
I reckon that because neither the same panel in the new Samsung sets or the older models of Sony V2000 and W2000 are/were affected.
The fault is under discussion in the world's largest forums:Www.hifi-forum.de
(smearing faulty sets)Www.avsforum.com
(XBR U.S. serie)
Here is a clear example. Pay attention to the large dark post on the pavement that shows the problem best: http://tinypic.com/player.php?v=8eswks6&s=1
In real terms, through smooth framerates, its of course even worse!
Here is another example based on Call of Duty 4: http://www.mediafire.com/?bmj12edxb4y
It is about dark luminance which leads to smearing and enormous dark red "streaks" behind every dark object in motion.
For a Gamer it is absolutely unacceptable and even in movies very disturbing. Games like Call of Duty 4, Forza2 or GT5prologue are a total mess, all full of red / black streaks. Everything smooth and relatively slow moving with black color is affected primarily in the area of very dark black to gray. I would like to mention the three games all run with 60frames per second.
I had, as I said before, a 40V2000 and 40W2000 before my new X3500 - both didn't show this problem. All X3500 are affected (40, 46 and 52)
Here is a test to replicate the problem any time anywhere with a notebook connected to the X3500:Http://www.thgweb.de...st-pixperan_185.html
The flag Test (F2), set the black and white setting for the upper flag row to 27! You see the problem immediately. A red front wave, unparalleled by other TV's, on the now gray flag is present.
Unacceptable, not just in my opinion. I need a solution, the device is not acceptable to me. In consideration of the price, the flagship status of the TV - this is one serious bug that has to be resolved!
I am convinced there is a software bug, solvable by a firmware update. As usual, it goes through the Internet at lightning speed, and I think Sony must be quite interested in a solution because it is about prestige and reputation, especially on the best TV set sony has to offer.
If that is not solvable (in the near future) I need an alternative. This is a clear "defect" on the device in my opinion, even a hidden defect. also to the hopefully already known erroneous Toslink DD5.1 issue and the very annoying fan noise ranks.
I hope that you take care of this asap and offer an acceptable solution.