Originally Posted by lyris
Actually you were probably originally right.
The new BRAVIA ENGINE TVs in all the (brief, in-store) comparisons I've done do indeed look better than the old ones with the WEGA ENGINE + DRC combo (even the S-Series models).
Okay, now I'm confused. The XBR1 (the past year's gold standard for 720p lcd's) and which is a Bravia has some Wega engine, while S2000's have the same or similar Bravia engine as the V2500's...
So are the S2000's better than the XBR1's (seems I've read some posts that weren't too impressed)? If not, then is it because the Wega engine is better than the Bravia engine? Or because they have different screens? I don't really know anything about the S2000's.
The price diff between the xbr2 and v2500 is abt. 0.5k... nice, but not a big deal. I figure this is for floating glass, fancy bezels, better remote... and some extra tweaking noise reduction/sharpening stuff (and 1 less hdmi). BUT, absent the fancy stylistic stuff and w/ drc 2.5 off, I'm anticipating the same quality. After all, sony's OWN BLURB states: all the quality without the bulk (or somesuch).
I'm looking for the v2500's to be as good as the xbr1's but with 1080p; to be the same as the xbr2/3's with a 1080p source (and hopefully the same at 1080i and 720p with or at least without drc 2.5). It's hard for me to imagine Sony would do 1080p with the SAME screen as their top of the line, but hobble it w/ processing or lack thereof to make the pq for 720p and SD not as good as their last year's model.