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Originally Posted by m. zillch View Post
Panasonic is the only remaining company which has Smooth Screen technology. Many years ago [10-20] there was an aftermarket company which sold an after market lens to screw to the front of any brand which offered a similar de-pixelating technology but they no longer exist and the reviews were mixed. It was called a Cygnus IMX Image Processor and one version was called Series 900. You can see them on ebay now and then.

Many people over the years, usually people loyal to other brands, have dismissed Smooth Screen as being just a fancy "blurring" which could be mimicked by simply defocusing of any old brand's image. While its true that defocusing helps minimize SDE the amount necessary to equal Smooth Screen is so severe that the soft image looks decidedly poor. Panasonics SS is night and day better.

Two other tidbits:

A) Early versions of SS did have issues, but they got fixed, so early claims of "It looks poor, blurry, and not as sharp as other brands" was legitimately true at one point.

B) Panasonic's own marketing department botched their description of how SS exactly works using completely inaccurate pictures in their ads suggesting what was happening with SS was very different from what it actually was. They may even use the errant version to this day, I'm not sure.

It was only after I obtained the Sony1000es that I began to appreciate just how effective smooth screen tech on a Panny really is.

I have said this in other threads but just applying uniform sharpness through either extra resolution(like the Sony) or through contrast(which provides the perception of sharpness--like a JVC) is not necessarily the answer to making something look better.

Take any film that has been mastered onto blu ray from a 35mm source that pre-dates the digital intermediate era(which is still the majority of flicks) and it is obvious to see where the Panny's SS excels .
A case in point--the opening credit sequence of something like Raiders Of The Lost Ark. The opticals required to create this sequence add a level of degradation to the image--it is part of the source/film technology and cannot be ignored.
Throwing extra resolution and contrast at something like this makes it decidedly look worse-I know because I have tried(with the Sony 4K).
This is where smooth screen works a treat--by analysing the image in real time and applying the correct levels of sharpness that is applicable to that image(or areas of an image) it allows for a more seamless presentation.
So well done to Panasonic for understanding this.

on edit- literally as I finished typing this I noticed someone on an OLED thread complaining how noisy their picture is(with Casino Royal)!

Grainy Picture with LG 55EC9300 OLED TV

Point proven.
I also have the Casino Royal blu ray and it looks better on my Panny 2000 than it does on the Sony4K.

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The Smooth Screen Tech, when combined with a Darbee 5000, brings an even more heightened level of clarity, so much so that many viewers easily mistake the result as 4K. Crazily enough, some even think it's a ginormous Direct View 4K ( foolin'....)

I have found it very difficult to suggest other projectors for almost 3 years, so consistent and excellent have been the results.....and dependability.

Here are a few good examples. Panasonic AE8000u w/15'-5" throw,
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