Originally Posted by mlmtech
ALSO.. I Currently i own the 46s2000 and after going through the official v2500 manual can tell you the v2500 has the EXACT same GUI interface and EXACT same funcitons as the s2000 bravia engine.. no more, no less..
mimtech: yes, that's what I got from reading the s2000 manual. And, it has the Bravia engine, the same as the V2500's. So... from a functional/processing standpoint, we should be looking at the S2000 series (and not the xbr2/3's).
The v2500's though do have the same 1080p panel and wide color whatever backlighting as the xbr2/3's -- so the basic screen capabilities will be the same. And that _capability_, as seen on the xbr2/3's, is a wow -- I've seen it myself. (OTOH, the s2000 doesn't have the same color backlighting as the XBR1.)
Basic panel capability (1080p, response, color, backlighting etc.): V2500 = XBR2/3.
Processing: V2500 is probably an upgrade of the Bravia engine in the S2000's (and may differ significantly from that in the XBR2/3's).
As lcd1080 and shinraven pointed out, we have every reason to believe the V2500's will do 1-1 full 1080p pixel mapping over hdmi. And, that'll it'll work just as it does w/ the XBR2/3's. The manual seems to confirm this -- though we won't know for sure until we know for sure.
So, in comparison to the XBR2/3's, at this point it looks like we're just missing 1080p vga and game mode and other setting tweaks relevant to the Bravia Pro engine. And my impression, from the xbr2/3 threads, is that not having the Briavia Pro engine and it's artifacting/macroblocking usleless processing may be a good thing!
1080p vga -- a dissapointment for sure, but since I found I can get dvi from my laptop, and dvi is the preferred connection, it's more of a nice to have, but not necc. needed thing.
Game mode: since you have an s2000, have you gamed with it? Is there a screen lag? The XBR1 has game mode; the S2000 doesn't. Why not? Because it's not needed since less intensive processing is occurring? This is what I'd like to find out now: how is gaming on the S2000.
Note... on the xbr2/3 thread, someone said they saw a bank of lcd's running off the same source... and the xbr2's screen was delayed compared to the other's (like a step behind). I'm thinking... no wonder a game mode is needed. And, if the v2500's are like the other lcd's that aren't a step behind, then no need for game mode in the first place.