Originally Posted by gnolivos
I finally demo'd a Sony HW50. I am going to post my observations in hope that someone can help clear things up a little bit, because I was hugely disappointed with one important aspect of this unit.
Setup: pitch black room with some ambient light through the back door, which altered black level floor slightly. 15ft PJ distance, 13ft seating distance, 100" Firehawk 1.3 gain grey screen.
I demo'd varied material, mainly Avatar Bluray in dark and bright scenes.
first: Very silent fan, very good blacks, great performance on dark scenes, very good contrast overall. Seemed to pop quite nicely, but quite like DLP does. Very bright on high lamp, still spares brightness in low lamp mode. Even Auto IRIS on 'limited' cut down brightness to a level that I would still consider nice and bright.
: 3D emitter buzzing would drive me insane. Its very loud and noticeable to me, about 4-5 feet from projector on ceiling. 3D overall cut brightness quite significantly from 2D. So much so that I don't think I could enjoy a 3D movie based on the lack of brightness alone. It felt like ~ 30-50% cut subjectively, and this was with the glasses' brightness setting all the way up. The 3D performance in terms of look and feel did not please me. Im not sure I can describe what I was experiencing, but it felt like the image was not clean like it is on 2D. It bothered me, but 3D is not important to ME.
Motion Flow was quite acceptable on Low. On high, I noticed a lot of judder... it was very annoying... every few seconds you'd see the image kind of 'miss' a few frames or something similar to that. I could never watch any content like this. I am not sure if the 'Film' setting had anything to do with this. I think regardless I was only able to reproduce it on Motion (FI) set to high.
: Sharpness. Very poor to my eyes. We focused and refocused several times and it was of no help. the PJ was definitely focused as good as it could. I looked at the pixel structure up close to focus. I noticed there is no defined pixel grid, so it appears to me that the fill rate is very high in this PJ, which is a good thing, except that I am led to believe it is producing a soft image. Is this in any way similar to Panny's smooth screen? Never seen a Panny, but it sounds like a similar situation here. Can anyone confirm whether the pixel structure on this PJ is indeed lacking a grid, with hard to identify pixels? I put a piece of paper on the screen to eliminate the screen from the equation, and the same thing... no pixel structure, no sharpness.
I come from a Sanyo LCD projector. Its really my point of comparison. It is without a doubt much
sharper than the Sony. If I look at the pixel structure on my Sanyo, it is very clear and defined with each pixel 'dot' fully focused, no blending with adjacent pixels. Am I expecting too much from LCOS? I don't like to rely on RC or other artifices for sharpness for various reasons. I will say subjectively with RealityCreation (RC) feature set to 30-50% it brought the PJ to acceptable sharpness comparable to my Sanyo which does not have any sharpness/image adjustments.
Would love to hear from Sony owners with respect to sharpness. This was enough to put me off, and I am now on the fence for a Panny AE8000. Who know, I wonder if smoothscreen is equal in this regards?