Originally Posted by rhassle
I just finished a 40 minute face to face discussion with one of the lead design engineers on the panels that are in the the 9G Kuros. I asked a few very explicit questions. While his English was better than my Japanese, I still had to ask the questions repeatedly until we were both sure that we were talking about the same thing.
1) Do the 111 and 151 units display a 24fps signal (input over HDMI) at 72 Hz when the PureCinema settings are off. The answer to this was a definitive "NO". A 24fps input signal will be displayed at 60Hz (with 3:2 pulldown) unless the PureCinema is set to Smooth or Advanced. !!! This contradicts many statments made on this site.
2) Will a 1080i, 60Hz HD movie
over a television signal (source material for this is 24fps since it is a movie) be displayed at 72Hz (3:3) if PureCinema is set to Smooth or Advanced. The answer was: "Yes, the signal will be reconstructed to show at 3:3 72Hz." This also contradicts statements made on this site.
3) Does '36bit' that is shown in the info banner when connected to a deep color source (like my BluRay player), mean that the set is actually getting a 36bit signal; or does it mean that the pipe is wide enough to allow a 36bit signal to go through, if one could be provided? ... I was trying to determine if my Denon 3800BDCI is producing an actual 36bit signal from a 24bit BluRay disc or not... This was a difficult question to communicate to the Engineer. The answer is: "The 36bit (or 30bit, or other nunbers that can be seen in that spot) refers to grayscale and it will be displayed only when an actual 36bit signal is received." He went on to say "The 9G Kuros cannot produce a signal with more than 36bits, even though the high end Pioneer BluRay can produce 48bit signals." ... So that means that my BluRay player does actually produce a 36bit signal from the 24bits on a disc.
4) I tried to ask if the image produced from ISF Night mode is essentially the same as Pure mode, if the same general settings are used. Are they technically produced in the same way? The answer is yes "more or less". That one was also difficult to communicate and the answer is probably not as useful. They are produced in different ways but they are nearly the same.
5) Based on what I see in this forum, the lack of information provided by the display itself, has confused us and made it difficult to understand exactly what PureCinema does when given different signal types. This led me to provide two enhancment requests.
a) I suggested that they should show '1080p24' in the info banner, when the input is 24fps instead of just '1080p'. It is silly to make us go to PC mode to see if the TV is actually using a 24fps input signal.
b) I also suggested that they include the scan rate in the info banner (60Hz or 72Hz). How many of you would have a clearer understanding of PureCinema if these two items were in the info banner?
6) This engineer now lives in CA and he is in Marketing. When Pioneer announced that they would be sourcing panels from Panasonic, all of his colleagues went to work for Panasonic. He wanted to stay with Pioneer so he took a marketing job in the States. He told me that the 111 (that we were standing right in front of, when we talked) was "Pure Pioneer". All of the major components were designed by and produced by them. Of course small components that are used in the set are made by dozens of manufactures around the globe.
7) Thanks to Listen Up in Denver and Pioneer for giving geeks like me the chance to talk directly to the gurus behind our favorite toys.