Some interesting obsevations from watching last night:
Warning: going to be a little long
So far I have been mildly impressed, and sometimes anoyed, by my 4805. I've been tweaking every night with some decent results from time to time. Watched Fantastic Four last night, and after playing with the color gains and offsets by eye, was finaly actualy impressed
Better detail in colors and over all. (never doubted any of you for a second).
My main issue has been a lack of detail on smaller objects or people and objects that are in mid or background (10-15 feet or further from camera perspective), which I think is being caused by a good amount of dithering? or some other random moving noise in the screen that I think is affecting clarity. After calibration, on the THX BTB screen the I have no movment or noise( looks like a bunch of pixel sized bugs running around) in the black and BTB, but is readily apparent in the gray THX logo and other non black areas. I also see it while watching movies.Up close to the screen you can tell what it is. From viewing distance it looks like dirty or grainy film, and is what I think is responsible for some viewing woes.
After the movie, I decided to watch some TV (digital cable). After eyeballing a calibration, stated flipping some channels. Came across the science channel, which is one of the better digital channels, and was floored by the image( was a show about launching a probe into a comet, some good outer space computer images). Tweaked some brightness and contrast a little, and ended up with a picture that in many ways was better than DVD. The main being great depth detail and a complete lack of noise and the "crawling bugs" I see with DVD's. Basicaly a rock solid image. This is when I decide that the noise, or what ever it is, is what is killing me on DVD
DVD player is a Samsung HD841 over temporary S video or an old Sony(first generation, no BTB) The Benchmark tests indicated that the 841 should be good with analog outs.
My question after all this, is how the hell can I get the DVD image as clean and dithering( if thats what it is) or noise free as the tv image? Or is it even possible?
Is the player responsible? Both my players show the same effect. Cable and DVD are running through same switching box.
Thanks for reading and any thoughts or help you can give.