Originally Posted by RapalloAV
If a sharpness test disc from S&M or DVE is no good for setting RC, what is?
What do you use then to set RC Mark?
Hi. Since the advent of RC for projectors with the Sony VPL-vw1000ES (RC has long been used by Sony in non front projector displays), the user community has been struggling with where the two RC sliders should be set for various sources and operating modes. Sony has provided absolutely no guidance on this.
And many play with the controls and ask others what they are using because they have no confidence in their own ability to set the controls based on their perception of picture quality. Between the two sliders there are 10,000 possible combinations. In the days prior to the RC changing in the upgrade from the 1000ES to the 1100ES, the R control made I think little difference to PQ once RC was switched on. Intuitively most set noise filtering to a low setting because filtering removes high frequency detail.
Some of us tried on/off pixel patterns (both horizontal and vertical patterns) to see how changing the R and the filter slider changed the patterns. Awful, a couple of clicks and the pattern changed from whatever they were. Some combinations caused blotching. No matter what one did the patterns had obvious artifacting which change from maybe tolerable to repulsive. What to do? We left the settings to the factory defaults for the various picture modes.
Things changed with the RC revisions that showed up in the 1100 upgrade and in the 500/600. Now changes when watching content (visible artifacting) became apparent with a small changes to the low end of each slider. With the 1100ES, most found that they like the picture more with RC engaged rather than switched off and with the resolution slider set to minimum. Artifacting starts becoming visible when R slider is moved higher. Where to set the noise slider? Intuitively it should be set low to minimize the filtering of high frequency information that isn't noise generated by the R component. There is a tiny amount of artifacting with the R set to minimum and it can be minimize by a small (low) application of the noise control. Most find setting it between minimum and 3 or 4 is nest. It depends of how visible the artifacting caused by R at minimum is to you. I really don't see much of it and just keep the noise filter at minimum but many here believe a tad more is necessary or best for them. With the 500/600 most find 3 or 4 to be best for R (which I believe is due to make up for the lesser lens in the 500/600 vs the 10000/1100. Setiing the R to 4 or so makes the lens appear sharper. Of course by setting the control that high (LOL), the noise filtering must be set higher to minimize the artifacting and that setting seems to be around 10 plus or minus a click or two.
OK. That's my definitive presentation on the history and results of our collective trials and tribulations with Sony RCs. I do not like RC, I much prefer Coke Zero. But the Sony RC I like, set to minimum for R and 3 for noise on my 1100ES.