Originally Posted by Analog2112
The 3D is awesome when it comes to DvD, I picked up Hubble and Meet the Robinson's and they both looked like I was at the IMAX theater, I loved it!
Unfortunately I'm starting to think that that is the only bonus.
To start with, Comcast 3D is horrible. ESPN 3D isn't too bad but its not like a DvD (not even close), HBO, Stars etc don't look good at all. It almost looks like its slightly out of sync (if that makes sense). With the DvD's looking so good and seeing a difference between ESPN3D and the other 3D stations is making me think its just the source and there is probably little I can do.
All this I could live with and still be happy but what bothers me the most is the 2D. Its not terrible and if this was my 1st projector then I would probably not even know the difference but I'm replacing my old Epson PowerLite (262A) and this Sony just doesn't compare to it. The Epson simply is much sharper and brighter.
I've been messing around with the settings trying to get a better picture, but I don't know what I'm doing. From the posts in this thread I've been able to improve the picture but it still falls a bit short of the Epson. Does anyone have any suggestions on what else I should be doing or looking at?
I think I know what you mean. I had this projector for about 2 weeks now. I'm just starting get used to it and finding its quirks. My old projector was a Pioneer FPJ1 (JVC DLS-RS2).
Same as you I was very impressed with BD 3D performance. Far better than what I expected. Any other 3D performance was underwhelming, except for top and bottom at 1080P/24 (looks almost as good as the BD). Its SBS 3D performance was very disappointing. I was able to minimize the crosstalk (is this what you mean by looks out of sync?). However, its resolution looks very bad. I think internally Sony is displaying SBS material at 480P output. Status information from the projector will say 1080P, but I call BS on that. I understand that horizontal resolution is halfed, but even vertical resolution looks reduced as well. If you popup a menu in this mode, you'll notice that menu box is twice the size as before. Anyway, going back to what you said about Comcast 3D. Does your cable box output real 3D signal or are you using SBS or TnB in the projector to convert to 3D?
As for 2D, I had to get used to Sony look from the JVC. My problem was opposite of what you were having. The JVC had that soft, warm, film-like picture that I really loved where as I thought Sony over-exaggerate the sharpness. As you can tell, I like the soft film look myself. I ended up turning down sharpness all the way down to Min to 4. To me this looked more natural, and took away the edge artifacts. I also like temperature to be warm. "Low1" setting suppose to give 6500K, but to me, it looked a little bluish. "Low2" was too low producing that green tint. I ended up using "Custom3", which starts out equivalent to "Low1", but I added more red and reduced blue. I'm quite happy with the result.
If you're used bright, sharp and poppy colors, then it may take some time get used to what you have now. I'm not saying that Sony can't get bright and sharp, not at all. With its high lamp setting, I thought was way too bright myself. Are you using this projector in your living room or a light controlled environment? It took me about a week of tweaking to get it to where I liked it. It doesn't sound like you're unhappy with the projector, just different. Unless, you have very short time-frame before you can return it; try it out for a week and see if you get used to it. If you can, try setting up your Epson side by side to run some comparison. I've been wanting to do this my JVC myself, but haven't gotten to it yet. However, I've gotten to the point where I'm happy with this projector now, so I may not need to do this anymore. I still think that JVC has an edge over Sony, but after some tweaking, Sony isn't bad. Also, it has brightness and 3D that I wanted.