Re: the Trusted Reviews
So many interesting bits in there, things I've struggled to put into words but they do so effortlessly.
And so it proves. Using the excellent THX preset or, if you like more punch to your pictures, a tweaked version of the Cinema1 mode, dark scenes instantly look more dynamic than they do on the X3 thanks to noticeably deeper, richer blacks. In fact, the X7's abilities in this respect go comfortably beyond our expectations, without crushing out shadow detail.
This isn't about RS-40 vs. 50 for me at all, but I have to concur that some of the preset modes on my 50 are simply perfect for the type of viewing they claim to be for. By far the most impressive demo I use is the Anime preset for Ratatouille. Despite this preset using low-lamp mode the contrast ratio is out of this world. It's a fantastic picture, so good that I can't imagine how it could be better--again, in low lamp mode (I think this mode also upps the sharpness a bit too).
I also love this part:
That's not to say the CMD is pointless. For while some people, understandably, wouldn't touch it with a barge pole, its Mode 1' setting arguably introduces an interesting subtle flickering effect that feels oddly evocative of a celluloid cinema experience, without making motion look distractingly processed.
I remember this effect (or something similar) from a demo of an RS-20 some time ago, but didn't know how it was being introduced into the image--I just chalked it up to something D-ILA tech does.
When I got the 50 I was a touch disappointed that the same effect was not present. Now I know how to enable it again
I know this effect isn't for everyone, but anything that gets me closer to that film look makes me a happy camper.