Originally Posted by Deja Vu
but can't actually get blacks as dark as the Sony."
was this in comparison the RS45 that had the blue tint issue? We have to keep some perspective with these statements until more direct A/B setups are done. Regarding their HW50 vs VW95 comparison - "the VW95ES definitely offers blacker blacks - really excellent, a step up. While I like the new Reality Engine, I'll still take the VW95ES every time, budget allowing."
I'm mainly curious about 2 things since I had the HW30 for about a year:
1. The lens is similar or the same as the HW30 which received some criticism last year for not being as sharp as the more expensive VW95 or any of the JVC's. Is the improvement based on a change in the optical path or is it a perception based on the result of the RC sharpening (The 'Darbee effect') ?
2. Has the 3D improved or the same as last year? The HW30 was very good in 3D last year, but still had some visible ghosting. I'd like to see the L/R patterns to know for sure. I'm highly sensitive to flicker. The HW30 was definitely better than last years JVC, but not quite as good as the 5010 and none were as good as the DLP's which is flawless in the regard.
Eric - The 3D ISO I'm going to send has a scene where there is a 100% IRE screen that you can measure 3D lumens. thanks for all your comments so far. Do you have a Darbee by chance? I'd like to see the HW50 with RC off vs. the Darbee and all various combinations to see how it looks.
When the HW50 lands in the US, I'll do some direct A/B comparisons to one of the current black level kings, the RS55. There's several qualities I liked with the HW30 so it's good to know they made some progress in the black level area. My RS55 is exceptionally sharp, so it will be curious to see how the HW50 compares with all processing turned off (e-shift and RC)>
The 4810 va. HW50 showdown will be intense this year based on Cine4home's early comments about the significantly improved 3D
and dynamic e-shift (keeping blurred areas blurred, not sharpening background noise) vs. a static, all encompassing change that the RC's makes.
The RC looks very similar to the Darbee processing.