Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Glen Burnie, MD
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I just received a mostly new (~50 hrs demo) Ruby and set it up for the first time. While I'm generally quite pleased with what I'm seeing (compared to the current state of my VPH-1272Q), I definitely can see panel mis-registration in HD video. I was just watching some of the U.S. Open tennis, and looking at the court lines the horizontal ones are white and crisp, while the vertical ones are actually 3 colors... red on the left, white in the center, and aqua on the right.
Looking closely at the built-in test patterns in the lens adjustment, the horizontal lines look to be exactly 2 pixels wide with only the slightest hint of blue on the bottom. The vertical lines, though, look to be almost 4 pixels wide, with the same red / aqua boundaries. This pattern is pretty much the same across the screen (as opposed to being only at the edges).
My question is this... does anybody know what the specification is for panel registration to be deemed acceptable by Sony? I have read of another that sent their vw100 in for a 'convergence check' and that it was adjusted to 'below spec'... but without mentioning exactly what that 'spec' was. I hope that I'm entitled to have this covered under warranty, but don't want to have them send it back saying that it is already within spec.
This is my first digital... as a CRT owner for many years now I'm used to watching for these type of 'halos' as a sign that it's time to tweak the convergence. I certainly love the fact that I was able to set this up (in a temporary position right now) and get the basic adjustments (zoom, lens shifts, focus) done quite quickly (compared to the hours and hours it took to focus and converge the CRT the first time.) In the end, though, I'm going to be less than happy if this amount of error is something that I'll just have to accept with this technology (or until I can afford to upgrade to the vw200).