Join Date: May 2006
Location: Suburbs of Detroit
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For those of you on the previous few pages that felt the a2000's colors didn't "pop" as much as the XBR1's, please note that this is a "Live Color" option in the Custom Advanced Option. It might take a little tweaking to make the colors "pop" (you may need to change a few settings in the custom config to make it similar to the XBR1's Vivid mode), but you can still make them quite vibrant.
Also, please remember that some of what we are talking about with the colors popping on the XBR1s is incorrect colors (red push etc.). The XBR1 vivid mode looked cool, but it was not accurate (and I think it crushed blacks). You would likely not run it in vivid mode when you brought it home from the store anyway. The fact that the a2000's colors do not pop as much by default may imply that the color accuracy has been improved. Remember we are ultimately going for true color here, not Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. While it may be true that popping colors are more noticeable in the showroom (especially with an A/B comparison), it is nice to also have accuracy. Rest assured that you can make the colors a bit more cartoony if thats what you want. I'm not sure of the absolute comparison with the XBR1, but the a2000 seems like it has enough juice for color accuracy. I'll bet with proper calibration they would look about the same (give or take a little). Time will tell if I am correct.
I wonder if the popping XBR1 colors in any way related to the green glob problem (which so far seems absent on the a2000s).
It will be nice when professional calibrators start to comment after having tweaked the a2000 series. Until then, take any color comments (including my own) with a grain of salt.