Originally Posted by joerod
Yes, my Sony VW200 is poorly engineered...
It has more to do then just turning up the brightness... Maybe I should check out a Flea...
Check out a flea if you want, but the "pop" you are describing is most likely the result of the change in perceived brightness caused by level compression or expansion, depending upon how you have things configured on the input and output side.
I've posted this before in several places, so let's try this again to see if people understand the lack of magic here. How most VPs work (including The Edge)
- Input levels matched to output levels (PC-PC, Video-Video): no change
- PC levels in, Video levels out - Level compression (0 - 255 remapped into 16 - 235) - this is probably your increase in perceived "pop", but it will crush detail and fine gradations (more content, smaller bucket)
- Video levels in, PC levels out - Level expansion (16 - 235 remapped to 0 - 255) which obviously gets rid of BTB/WTW information, which may be a problem if you are daisychaining multiple processors
The issue is what happens to the reference black and white levels, since the legal ranges (PC: 0 - 255, Video: 1 - 254) are fairly close. Personally, I'd just leave it on input levels being matched to output levels, and then tweak my PC accordingly (or bypass the VP altogether with the HTPC).
Originally Posted by stretch437
CalMAN insider? you're saying a gamma curve that is completely blown to hell can be fixed by turning up brightness a couple clicks? or did i miss some kind of humor here?
You probably missed a reading comprehension class or two, and definitely a class or five in civility and manners. See above. Gamma curves have nothing to do with it when you start doing level expansion/compression. If you don't want a molested signal, then leave the levels issue alone.