Originally Posted by zombie10k
have you upgraded to the 1100 motherboard yet? it takes noticeable edge off those older movies you mentioned. I was waiting for them to modify the RC (reduce the aggressiveness) and thankfully they did it with this upgrade.
I haven't seen the 2000 but I have seen several 8000's. imo, the JVC's with e-shift are superior in most ways I can think of. better OOTB color, contrast (without a doubt) and find the e-shift + MPC is more refined than the smooth screen technology. The 8000 was one of my last picks compared to all the other projectors I had here for the shoot-out.
if they want to stay competitive, they have to come up with something better at the end of the year.
Not yet mate
I am hoping to do that later this year(I live in the UK)
To be fair----for a while i was using only the reference mode with the auto iris on full----this looked amazing on stuff like The Great Gatsby(digitally shot on Red) and Oblivion but was way too agressive for older 35mm flicks like Das Boot.
I have found that the Cinema1 option on the Sony to be a nice compromise(I think Joerod also uses it)---but you do lose a bit of sharpness on those modern flicks---but gain a measure of palatable grain reduction on some of the older stuff.
I have packed my 4K away for the moment----and will take my Panny through to the end----it is already on 2000hours +.
If you go into the Sony's Cinema 1 's advanced settings I think you will find SmoothGradation and MPEG NR are set on low(or middle) which contributes to it's slightly softer appearance.
In reference mode all those options(NR, MPEG NR and Smooth Gradation) are off.
When I have turned some of those on low or middle(in reference mode) I found the picture to be unnaturally soft.
The Panny's smooth screen +detail clarity processor gives a very organic softness(but still relatively sharp!)
I think someone on the Panny8000 thread did a comparison between the 80000 and AE2000 using both test pattern functions on both projectors and found the 2000 to be sharper!(probably a misconvergence issue---a common problem on the 8000--so i gather----maybe you had one of those?)