The title says it all.
Thanks to CaptainZ for helping me "obtain" another VW200! I feel like I have my best friend back.
I have spent the last 5 or 6 weeks playing with a FPJ1/RS2 and a RS20. I will say the the overall conrast and black levels may favor the JVCs but as far as panning goes nothing beats the Sony! Of course I will be the first to admit I am more sensitive and since the last couple years I have only had Sony models that did not help. I will say the RS20 does put out one heck of a picture though and the gamma adjustments really help make it next level good. For me though I would rather take the 200's color, sharpness and better panning. Plus the 200 does have very good black level and excellent contrast to. Combine all of that with the DFI on the lowest level and you have one of the best PJs available today. I have learned the grass is greener on this side.
I have also learned that superior optics and a better path do mean something. And not to mention just because something is newer doesn't mean it is better. And finally just because a few magazine "reviewers" say it is the next coming doesn't mean it is. I guess they need to pay for all those ad pages somehow!
Here is the more interesting details. I had one of the first VW200s in November of 07. This VW200 I have (as of early this morning) was from August of last year. It actually went into Laredo, TX and received a new power supply and a firmware update. What does that mean? I will say it seems to power on differently (a little less harsh) and seems a little quieter. Also trying to recall or even looking at my pics of my original 200 I did not see the BRAVIA writing above the lighted Sony logo on the bottom. So does this mean anything? Maybe... I usually prefer Manual set to 92 for nearly everything. Well so far I am liking Adv. Iris 1 set to fast for movies. I have been at it the better part of the day and evening and I like the extra boost in contrast. Of course maybe since I got used to seeing more from the native RS20 higher contrast levels it is making me go the Adv. Iris route. Either way I am seeing excellent results. I am also using the Film Proj at level 3 (the lowes setting) and NOT seeing any hints of flicker. The lamp is at nearly 300 hours. With my original I would see flicker at around 100 with the DFI on the low setting. That is making a huge improvement in panning slow and fast as well as fast action scenes. And yes this goes for 1080p/24 as well!
The service menu settings look to be about the same (from what I remember) so nothing alarming there. I also am happy to report that 1080p/24 4:4:4 upconverted color 12 bit or 16 bit from the 09FD works as it did before. Of course I wasn't expecting it not to work.
So finally I will tell all fellow VW200 owners out there that there is nothing else better in the LCD world. At least nothing around and below this price range. Other brands may come close but the overall package is right here. The Xenon Lamp though expensivehas no substitute. Colors are more rich and natural. Add that feature with the VW200's 10 bit panels and the other brands8 bit panels the differences really start to surface. Of course the VW200's 12 bit full digital drive chassis helps... Anyway, it is going to be hard to convince me to try a VW90 this Fall. I think I am thru chasing rainbows. If it weren't for CaptainZ I would still be chasing them!
My best bet is probably to wait until Sony releases a VW300 no matter how long that might be... I will begin working on calibrating and will post tome settings soon... It feels good to be back.
Some T3 pics....