The motion blur you're describing does tend to happen if the noise reduction is set to maximum. When it's showing a closeup of a persons face for example, the detail will be very good while stationary. However, if they move their head even just a little bit alot of the detail will go away, or blur. Once they are stationary again the detail returns. This can also sometimes happen with the noise reduction level set to auto. I usually leave mine on either minimum or off depending on the amount of noise in the program.
For the first time tonight I hooked up both my JVC and my Loewe Aventos 30" direct-view CRT HDTV simultaneously to my D-VHS. There were a couple of results that really startled me.
First off, the JVC actually had better black levels than the Loewe. In scenes that had areas in dark shadow, the Loewe would be completely black whereas the JVC would show greater detail in those areas. At the point where both were completely black the JVC was very, very close in blackness to the Loewe. But the amount of detail lost in the Loewe made it lose hands down. I was really shocked by this result and did not expect it at all. Loewe has had a reputation for having some of the best image quality available in a direct-view CRT.
The other thing that startled me is that alot of the image was lost on the Loewe to either side. I don't have any overscan images to display, but I had the latest Frontline from PBS playing on both TV's. On the Loewe, the right side of the image ended immediately to the right of the PBS HD logo. On my 61" JVC there was about 2" to 3" of additional image to the right of that logo. It was quite a significant amount of image lost.
Now back to the JVC. I noticed something tonight that I'm wondering if other owners can take a look at. I've been watching my set in the TheaterPro mode for the past 3 weeks as I almost always watch in a very dark environment and the other modes were just too bright. However, tonight I decided to go through the other modes with my Avia disc to see what I could come up.
The thing that has me stumped is the black bars and half grey test. The only mode that I can actually see both black bars is the Theater mode. All the other modes the best I can achieve is a single black bar and even then I'm having to crank the brightness to around +15.
Can anyone else take a look at this with their Avia disc and post what your results are? It's possible that it could have something to do with my DVD player. I'm using the Sony NS70 via HDMI. I calibrated in both 480p and 1080i modes. I did not however adjust any of the black settings on the DVD player itself.
One other thing I noticed that was somewhat interesting. I calibrated the Standard, Dynamic, Theater, and Game modes in both 480p and 1080i. In all instances, the settings I came up with were almost identical in the Standard, Dynamic, and Game modes. The settings were always quite different in the Theater mode. I was under the impression that the Theater mode just basically stopped the IRIS down to it's lowest setting. However, it seems that something else is going on as all of the settings (tint, color, picture, brightness) end up being quite different when adjusted via Avia ( <--
). Maybe someone who is more technical than I can determine what is going on there.