Originally Posted by Bytehoven
Initial report on my HW10 viewing tonight.
- My Screens: My HT front area is all black with medium dark taupe for sides walls and ceiling, almost a bat cave. I have a pulldown Da-Lite HP 92" 16x9 diagonal. Behind the pull down screen, I have a slightly smaller ultra white painted screen. I tend to use the HP for personal viewing and the painted wall screen when I have a full house, because illumination is better at extreme angles with the painted wall. There is a very slight color shift between the two, but I usually calibrate for the HP.
Some comparisons to my Sony HS51A 720p projector: Right off the bat I noticed a couple of things.
- Resolution of HW10 1080p is awesome. I view the 51A on the 92" 16x9 screen from about 12', and screen door is visible starting at around 11'. The HW10 pixel structure is not visible until within 6', leaving me alot of room to start moving my seat closer during private viewing. I might also note I was checking out a RS1 and 1080UB at a local theater shop today. The appearance of screen door was just a little more pronounced on the Espon, and the pixel structure was hard to make out on the RS1. I thought the RS1 looked like it might employee a little pixel hiding trickery and tended to make for a slightly soft image compared to the 1080UB. The HW10 pixel structure seems a happy balance.
- Contrast: The HW10 is obviously darker in dark scenes and brighter in bright scenes than my HS51A. The HW10 is way darker when the iris is dialed closed in manual mode from (50) to (0). This suggests some tweaking of the service menu AUTO Iris controls might expand performance during dark scenes. The controls are there under the OTHER menu of the service menu. In addition, the HW10 intra-scene ANSI contrast is better than the HS51A, and the AE3000 is likely to be even better. IMHO, this the remaining area SXRD could use some improvement, and the reason I thought I should check out the AE3000 and maybe even the RS10. Could I live with the HW10 contrast performance? Absolutely. Especially if some AUTO IRIS tweaks might further darken up the low APL scenes. I should check out those OPEN/CLOSE REG & OPEN/CLOSE HALL controls right now.
- Grayscale/White Balance out of the box: While I have not taken any measurements yet, but to my eye the grayscale tracking of the SD-DVD AVIA Pro 5 IRE cross horizontal step pattern was excellent for all the color temps and IRIS settings. Quite a dramatic improvement from my pretty well calibrated HS51A, especially when the HS51A is in AUTO IRIS mode. I think I could leave the HW10 factory grayscale settings "as is". Also, I saw no evidence of video processing induced white balance errors with the HW10 under AUTO IRIS. WHEW! Some of the early IronMan cave scenes are a good test for such white balance errors. Sin City is another good test.
- Grayscale/Gamma Shading Uniformity: I put up the HW10 service menu GAMMA screens and all but the brightest (11) looked perfectly balanced to my eye. The brightest (11) screen had a very, very slight shift to blue on the right 1/3 of the screen while the left 2/3s of the screen were balanced. But again it was very slight and something you might not even notice unless you were looking for it, which I was. . I could live with it, but I thought it worth mentioning.
4) Gamma: Like the RS1 I saw today, the HW10 needs just a little custom GAMMA work to maintain best black levels without suppressing shadow detail. I have yet to extensively play with GAMMA. However, the HW10 PICTURE/GAMMA controls might be my 1st area of complaint. I'm not keen on the way Sony arranged the controls for GAMMA 1, 2, 3 & OFF as well as how gamma is adjusted by each step. I like it better when the GAMMA increases in steps from the OFF position. The GAMMA settings are not logical as they seem to be 1=(+1) 2=(+2) 3=(-1) OFF=(0). The way the control settings progress, you don't get to see the gradual application of gamma curve changes. Me no likey. 3, OFF, 1 & 2 would have been a better set up.
- Motion Blur Testing for 24p/60p: I was testing 1080p24 & 1080p60 tonight on the HW10 using the IronMan scene where the camera pulls back from the Stark's cliff house. It's the scene soon after the reporter/sleep over wakes up. In this case, 1080p60 was smoothest and cleanest. The 1080p24 showed just a bit of vertical judder on horizontal lines as the camera pulled back. I need a better test sample to really figure it out 24p for the HW10, 55k and DVDO Edge. Please recommend a good sample for testing motion blur.
- Screen Positioning Controls: This is an area where I don't know what Sony was thinking. I use a high shelf for placing the projector in an up right orientation. Unfortunately, the HW10 screen movement range is compromised when the projector is right side up and high on a shelf. While there was room to raise/lower the screen, room to move the screen side to side was compromised. The projector is designed to be inverted to get full range of the positioning controls. I ended up needing to skew the projector direction to properly adjust for side to side screen position. A fix would be to rig a way to mount the HW10 inverted on my rear shelf area. I might note my HS51A does not have this problem, but it also doesn't a big chunk of glass hanging on the front.
- Sound: The HW10 in high lamp mode is quieter than the HS51A in low lamp mode. Thank you Sony!
- Bright Corners: As Jason has said, if you look for them, you can barely see them, so not a problem.
- Is there a Sub-Service /Service Menu? I say this because it seemed like there were some things missing from the service menu controls. For instance when you look into the service menu W/B color temp settings for HIGH/MEDIUM/LOW, they all read 128 across the board for RGB bias/gain. Hello? While I expected the USER color temp controls to all read (0), the service menu color temp controls usually have a range a values reflecting the differences in color temp. Is this the same for other Sony SXRD projectors?
- Side Mount Connections: I share Stainless-Steels's sentiments in that I'd rather have the connection in the rear. It's workable, and I'm sure many other folks like the side mount connections.
- Hmmm, what else...I guess that's it for now. I'm gonna go watch Troy on BG. I'll post anything else that jumps out at me, and I will follow up on how the AE3000 compares late next week.
Feel free to ask me for things to check out on the HW10.