Originally Posted by UUronl
The SM can also be called upon to correct overscan completely. Since the majority of the problem is simply optical in nature, you can gain back a lot of the image. You're actually compressing the image into a tighter space which makes the TV appear better when you tailor the setting to the screen. With that said, different resolutions and sources (even DVDs) can have different pixel cropping, which might cause some underscan/overscan even after adjustment. That's just a fact of life with any display. Again though, it's easily configurable with the Sony TVs.
I very much hope that overscan can be corrected with the new A10's. I have long been wanting a TV that wouldn't cut off 5% or more of each side of the picture. Was it really possible though to eliminate overscan on the old WE655's? Also do you think that Sony would sell the service guide for the A10's to customers? When I bought my last TV from Panasonic you could actually order the service guide with only a warning to be careful while changing the settings. It certainly made it easier than having to guess at what the different settings did.
Originally Posted by CJArciola, III
IMHO, Sony should have left them on the side, not funneled the sound through a port.
I guess perspective really does make a difference in how people see something. For those with AV systems the lack of a speaker wings on the TV is a benefit. On the other hand those who intend to only use the speakers in the TV will probably consider it a negative. Unfortunately their is no real mid point to this since you either have speaker wings or you don't.
Originally Posted by Tigerriot
Thanks for reading all this. Hope it helps some of you with your decisions.
Was a very interesting read and that bit about grey bars being a way to see the iris work will be a handy way to see how fast the iris is.
Originally Posted by jmw1137
Does anyone know if these are anywhere in the DFW area? Also, for current owners, can you comment on what Tiger said about the Iris? Will it get to be distracting while playing video games or watching TV?
The dynamic iris can be changed several ways with the TV. Besides the 1 through 5 scale their is also the custom picture mode which allows you to set the iris to off, low, medium, or high. I would believe though that even for game content the high setting for the iris would work best except for those games that have a lot of strobing. I think the settings probably determines how long it takes before the iris will adjust to the picture. Basically how many x seconds the picture must be at a certain brightness level before the TV adjusts. As such for games with a lot of strobing a medium or low setting might work better than the high setting.
Originally Posted by CFoote
I'm really stuck between the SXRDs (potential XBRs?) and the A10s....if I can get 90% of the SXRDs picture for this money, it's not worth even considering the SXRD models IMHO.
I think it depends a lot on whether the SXRDs have a 1080p HDMI input. If they don't have it than their is no question really that it would be better to just get an 50A10. If they do though than it depends on whether the benefits are substantial enough for the cost.
Originally Posted by Phod
Sears has the 50" A10 in stock and I brought my Xbox in to check it out as I'm looking to get the 42" for nearly strictly gaming. Regarding the new "Game Mode". I see it in the 42" A10 manual i downloaded online and found it in the menu while I was playing with the Xbox but it was greyed out and couldn't be turned on.
Game Mode is only for S-Video and composite inputs since as has been previously said you only need Game Mode for 480i games. It is the deinterlacer that usually adds lag to the upconversion when it tries to convert 480i to 480p. If the signal is sent into the display at 480p the A10 can quickly convert it to 720p.
Originally Posted by TheBrieze
So the question is, is there any harm in momentarily tilting the TV onto its side (so the long side is vertical) as I bring it in to the apartment. Do I have to worry about convergence issues etc?
I would think that it would be fine to do. The LCD panels are actually connected together so besides giving the TV one heck of a bash I don't think their is any danger in tilting the TV for a few seconds. After all if tilting a TV could throw off convergence than no TV ever delivered to a store would ever be quite right.