I've not personally attacked anyone, nor am I going to. The only points I was trying to make are:
- Claiming that the 790, or any Blu-ray player, is "better" than something like the Oppo 93 is a totally subjective measure with no objective data to back it up
- Any "enhancements" done by the 790, or any other player, that lead to non-reference data also include drawbacks, be it decreased dynamic range, incorrect colors, a loss of fine detail, or other issues
- You can use display adjustments to do lots of these same adjustments and have smaller negative impacts
All I aim to do in any review is be as objective as possible, though my subjective feeling are always included. If I were to find a Blu-ray player to performed incorrectly to be wonderful, I'd mention it, but I'd also mention that the picture was way off standards and others might not enjoy it. I'm writing a review of the BDP-S590 now, and aside from a couple issues I have with it, it performed very well on the bench tests. However, that just means it performed at the same level as other players that are also reference standard at this point.
Attached are some images that show the issues that these scene modes on Sony players, and every other player, can cause. The stripe at the top is correct, the stripe at the bottom is what the player is doing. If they are identical the players work correctly. You can see from these that the brightness is skewed on these modes (too bright or too dark), and colors are then shifted as well. Hopefully this helps to show the types of issues we are trying to address.