Originally Posted by hifiaudio2
Yeah its under RC. With RC on, even at 0, film grain is a mess. If the movie has little or no grain though, RC is awesome.
Interestingly, that didn't quite match our (limited) experience at the dealer's. There was very visible (I would say over-emphasized) film grain on Super 8
with Reality Creation off. When we turned it on but set both sliders to 0, it was significantly reduced. I would still say that something strange was happening, though, because where I then noticed grain was on faces, but only when they moved within the film frame. It was almost as if the grain was static and the faces were moving "under" it.
The scene I was watching was chapter 3, which is the nice dark scene that starts with the kids arriving in the yellow car at the train station, and culminates (of course) in the train crash and its aftermath. Just to check my own sanity, I watched the same scene on the RS-55 and on a C3X 1080, and neither of those showed either the over-emphasis of the grain or the strange static grain behavior. So, I conclude that we had some setting in a not-ideal configuration on the 1000ES.
By the way, the RS55 looked superb on this scene as well, but I believe that the 1000ES -- leaving aside the grain issue for the moment -- was every bit as good in terms of blacks. The C3X 1080 had a visibly higher black floor and the typical DLP dither in the very dark areas, but it was still an extremely enjoyable and satisfying picture.
I do agree that it seems as if there's a non-trivial learning curve with the 1000ES on several levels, and some expert assistance would be really welcome.