Originally Posted by TomHuffman
Several people have referred to GR's review of the Pearl in WSR as evidence that it does not suffer from a relative lack of sharpness and detail. What this overlooks is what he wrote in his Sharp Z20000 review.
"The last film I will mention is Grand Prix (1966). I discussed how this amazing HD DVD video transfer captured the appearance of 60's film in a previous projector review [he's referring to the Pearl here], and how I was impressed by detail and definition throughout the movie. So I was really surprised when I watched the HD DVD again on the XV-Z20000U. It was like watching a new version of the transfer. The images were significantly sharper, the fine details were even clearer, and additional layers of image depth were revealed as the Formula One cars circled the streets of Monte Carlo."
The moral is that judgments about various aspects of image quality, including sharpness, are always relative. You really have to compare what you see against some reference for a judgment to mean much.
So Greg Rogers did not give a fair and balanced report of the Pearl's (or Ruby's) relative lack of sharpness and detail UNTIL several months later. For shame.
Cine4home also pushed the Sony's very hard and then meekly admitted the quality control and lens issues many months later here (and only in posts to AVS forum). For shame.
Very recently the blind followers of these reviewers stated that reproducing text quality clearly was not important for films. They don't realize that the Sharp, Optima, and Marantz and now the JVC RS1 provide improved picture quality (in large part) because of their high quality optical system.
A certain salesman "claimed just a few months ago that the Pearl was a great projector "today"!
These lapses of judgment are the symptoms of a deeply embedded conditioning instilled over many years. Certainly a most remarkable spell! There is no more powerful allegiance to any brand name than there is to Sony.
Now with the JVC deprogramming demo at the CES, the spell is broken as the members get to decide for themselves firsthand. No more being led astray by the experts and their biasing caused by brand loyalty and advertising.
Take a little test:
Who is still impressed by the "sophisticated" Pearl dynamic iris design?
I found these completely uncalled for PQ improvements.
New optical engines for SXRD? A "dramatically improved picture quality for 2007"? Words uttered by Sony?http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9449646