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OFFICIAL Sony HS50(51) thread

post #1 of 5686
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Ok, with the announcement of the HS51 there's going to be a lot of people wanting to comment. This is the official HS51 thread. Don't start new ones. DO NOT POST PRICING. DO NOT POST DEALERS. DO NOT ASK FOR OR PROMISE PMs regarding dealers, pricing, etc; You've been warned.

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http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=436336
post #2 of 5686
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Originally posted by madpoet
This is the official Z3 thread.

Huh?
post #3 of 5686
Thread Starter 
Typo... fixed it
post #4 of 5686
I think I may need to upgrade. How do I explain this one to my wife?
post #5 of 5686
"An IRIS alone cpable of generating 6000:1? "

The math is pretty easy. If it can do 1200:1 w/o iris, and the iris can reduce the brightness 5X, you've got 6000:1.

Whether that's "cheating" and whether it will look the same to our eyes is another matter.
post #6 of 5686
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Originally posted by noah katz
"An IRIS alone cpable of generating 6000:1? "

The math is pretty easy. If it can do 1200:1 w/o iris, and the iris can reduce the brightness 5X, you've got 6000:1.

Whether that's "cheating" and whether it will look the same to our eyes is another matter.

Good point. If true, I would pretty dissappointed in Sony's marketing ploy.
Greg
post #7 of 5686
If that's true, then Sony strikes again. And people wonder why there is Sony bashing going on.
post #8 of 5686
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Originally posted by gps
Good point. If true, I would pretty dissappointed in Sony's marketing ploy.

ARGH!!!! Why is it a marketing ploy?

If the iris is dynamic and the projector changes it on the fly and you can't see any side effects from it (other than a much better image) how is it a ploy?
post #9 of 5686
They use an iris to modulate the light-output per frame, comparable to the Panasonic. The traditional on/off CR at the smallest iris setting is estimated around ~1500 which is remarkable at any standards for a LCD PJ.

They claim to reach 6000:1 on/off in cinema black pro mode, i.e. with the iris adjusting automatically, so smallest setting for 'off' and largest for 'on'. I assume it works well enough that they launch this baby and I would be confident that most people will not care unless there are severe side effects by this technique. In any case they may need to process the image somewhat just like Panasonic does (gamma correction) to avoid overly dim pictures for pictures with low APL and still get very good black level.

--Peter
post #10 of 5686
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Originally posted by JPinTO
If that's true, then Sony strikes again. And people wonder why there is Sony bashing going on.



It doesn't matter what "method" is used to achieve the "perceived" CR or any other effect as long as your brain interprets it correctly. If my brain "sees" 6000:1 contrast, I really don't give a damn if it is "true" 6000:1 or not.

I just don't get the criticism.

I don't get it.

I'm baffled.
post #11 of 5686
I am not fooled by Sony because I am know enoght to understand what to expect. In scenes that are bright and of mid APL there is not much to complain about with on/off just ANSI cr but still good enough for the majority of us here. When the projector is going to show a dark forest with very little light then a projector needs to dim down. With an auto-iris this can be done. That is a good thing. Imagine how difficult it would be for Sony to get this across in advertising. Saying 6000:1 is easier and it will sell more projectors.
post #12 of 5686
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Originally posted by ricwhite
LOL

It doesn't matter what "method" is used to achieve the "perceived" CR or any other effect as long as your brain interprets it correctly. If my brain "sees" 6000:1 contrast, I really don't give a damn if it is "true" 6000:1 or not.

I just don't get the criticism.

I don't get it.

I'm baffled.

Look at it like this... it the iris can block out ALL the light from the PJ then you will have absolute black but no image. j/k

I guess what some people are wondering is... if this is achieved by reducing the brightness... how dim will the image be? What will it REALLY look like.

Time will tell.
post #13 of 5686
All this skepticism about variable iris technology advances kind of reminds me of all the hooey that went (or is it still going) on with the XHD3 "wobulation" technology and wether or not you could really call it 1080 because it only looked like 1080. I say who cares how they do it, as long as it looks good! Isn't that the whole point?
post #14 of 5686
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Originally posted by Kysersose
Look at it like this... it the iris can block out ALL the light from the PJ then you will have absolute black but no image. j/k

I guess what some people are wondering is... if this is achieved by reducing the brightness... how dim will the image be? What will it REALLY look like.

Time will tell.

It only dims the image some of the time, not all of the time, so it's not the traditional tradeoff.
post #15 of 5686
Was the HS51 on display at Cedia and did anyone have a chance to see it in operation? It would be nice to get some impressions in addition to the theoretical opinions.
post #16 of 5686
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Originally posted by gps
I think I may need to upgrade. How do I explain this one to my wife?

Buy the HS51 and have it all setup so when she confronts you, just plead temporary insanity...that worked for me...just once of course :-)
post #17 of 5686
On some level the iris modulation to improve contrast strikes me as not completely unlike the temporal modulation of DLP mirrors to achieve different brightness levels. You're taking advantage of the physiology of human vision to make it see things that aren't really quite so, because of limitation in technology. As long as you are indeed "fooled", what does it matter? Besides, as the DLP false contours show, these approaches are just compromises anyway. As long as each new approach adds some incremental improvement to visual perception, why beat yourself up over how it's accomplished? Don't forget that you're just watching 24-odd pictures a second and not true motion anyway.

Incidentally, has any manufacturer tried to improve the fill factor of LCDs by stacking two panels for each color? Each panel would only contain every other pixel row, relegating pixel circuitry into the vacant rows. This way vertically they could achieve a 100% fill factor by overlapping the panels just right, and even horizontally they could push pixels much closer together, since no circuit traces would have to squeeze through vertically. You'd lose some brightness, and parallax could be an issue, but I'm just wondering.
post #18 of 5686
To continue a question from one of the closed threads (man, isn't that annoying):

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Originally posted by spartanstew
Question for anyone:

I've been building my HT with the idea of getting the HS20. As such, everything's pretty much set up to have the projector about 18' back and projecting an image of 118" diagonal. Everything I've read about this projector states that it has a short throw lens. Does this mean I'm screwed?

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Originally posted by mnn1265
Nope, as a matter of fact you're in luck... at 18' the HS20 will throw a 118" diagonal image with no (1x) zoom - which is what you want. It has a relatively long throw distance... Check it out here

Yes, I know I'm not screwed in terms of the HS20 (that's why I set everything up that way). What I meant was, am I screwed in terms of changing my mind and getting the HS51 instead, without relocating where the projector will go?





Stew
post #19 of 5686
"They use an iris to modulate the light-output per frame, comparable to the Panasonic."

There's been lots of speculating that that's what they do, but has Sony or Panasonic specifically said so, i.e., per frame? Not that it's necessary, as our eyes don't respond that quickly. At 60 f/s I'd expect every ten frames to be fine.
post #20 of 5686
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"There's been lots of speculating that that's what they do, but has Sony or Panasonic specifically said so, i.e., per frame?



Yes, Panasonic at least said so. In their japanese announcement a couple of days ago and in the actual US. Press-release:


"The Dynamic Iris constantly adjusts the light volume and gamma curve in real time, so the picture is always optimal and transitions between scenes are amazingly smooth and natural"


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At 60 f/s I'd expect every ten frames to be fine.

That would be every 0,16 sec. In my opinion too slow.

Regards,
Ekkehart, www.cine4home.de
post #21 of 5686
In Canada, the replacement for the HS-20 IS the HS-50 and IS the same retail price as the HS-20. Delivery is estimated for the end of October which probably means middle of December
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I see there are HS20 owners looking at this thread and so the question I have applies to the HS51 and HS20. It looks like both units have DVI & HDMI inputs that are seperate. Is that correct? I was going to connect a STB to the DVI and the new Sony DVD with HDMI to the HDMI inputs but was concerned that you might only be able to use one or the other. Can anyone confirm both inputs are infact seperate?

Jim
post #23 of 5686
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Originally posted by Cine4Home
That would be every 0,16 sec. In my opinion too slow.

Regards,
Ekkehart, www.cine4home.de

Per someone at CEDIA Sony said it responded within 50ms.
post #24 of 5686
Does anyone think that Sony will continue making the HS-20, because the resolution is higher 1386 x 788 vs. 1280x720 for the HS-51?
post #25 of 5686
""The Dynamic Iris constantly adjusts the light volume and gamma curve in real time, so the picture is always optimal and transitions between scenes are amazingly smooth and natural""

That sure spells it out, thanks.
post #26 of 5686
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It only dims the image some of the time, not all of the time, so it's not the traditional tradeoff.

Yes, I understand this. My only question is... "How dim will it look?" I don't care how often it happens. I just want to know if you get that... "Hey.... did my bulb just lose half its brightness" kind of feeling.

How will a very dark scene with one small spot of brightness look with this PJ?
I can't wait to check it out myself.
Still, if it has VB or SDE issues I don't care how good the CR is.
post #27 of 5686
is there a difference between the HS50 and HS51 ?
post #28 of 5686
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Originally posted by lonniehansenjr
Does anyone think that Sony will continue making the HS-20, because the resolution is higher 1386 x 788 vs. 1280x720 for the HS-51?

I wouldn't worry about the loss in resolution, based on my comparisons using the HD Net test patterns, output by the HD TIVO connected by DVI to both a Samsung 720p DLP RP and the Sony HS-20, at both 720p and 1080i.
Horizontal resolution is basically the same on both systems at either 720p or 1080i. Vertical resolution actually worsens using 1080i!

Fill factor may be another issue, though. By defocussing my HS-20, I can't detect SDE at 1.5 screen width, and I have confirmed no loss of resolution using the HD Net test pattern.

Paul
post #29 of 5686
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Originally posted by jsirwin
I see there are HS20 owners looking at this thread and so the question I have applies to the HS51 and HS20. It looks like both units have DVI & HDMI inputs that are seperate. Is that correct? I was going to connect a STB to the DVI and the new Sony DVD with HDMI to the HDMI inputs but was concerned that you might only be able to use one or the other. Can anyone confirm both inputs are infact seperate?

Jim

Yes Jim there is both an hdmi and dvi input.
post #30 of 5686
Any thoughts on the utility of the Ethernet connector?

"HS51 is equipped with an Ethernet connector for complete AV system integration via IP Control Protocol."
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