Originally Posted by Bduffy10
Just thought I would share some new observations based on a few changes I have been playing with. I currently use the latest version of LRSteven's with some very minor tweaking (HDMI brightness is a few clicks down, Component brightness is a few clicks up). I am speaking striclty on HDMI 1080i cable box, and 1080i HDDVD via Component.
I've spent most of the morning comparing movies and sports with my current settings and then turning DRC Mode 1 on (at 40/60). I've gone back and forth on this...specifically on cable with Fast and the Furious TD and basketball, and then on HDDVD with Transformers. To my eye, the DRC 1 mode with a 40/60 setting absolutely improves the image across the board. I went through a number of still scenes on Transformers and tried to find something that would make me want to turn DRC off...but I did not. I need to mention that I have a 52xbr4 that has shown little or none of the problems reported by some. I did not see any motion blur with DRC on.
So after several months of being completely happy with my picture, I'm back now to doing A/B comparisons...and over and over, I'm leaning towards DRC "on". I've owned Sony's forever (back to a GWIII) and have always stayed away from DRC, but I can't seem to make a case for not using it.
I remember reading that with DRC on, the xbr4 does not decode 1080i correctly...so my question is...if it's not decoding 1080i correctly, why does it look cleaner, sharper, deeper with DRC 1 on than off for my sources? I can't find one single image where I can identify something with any distortion of any kind.
I also did some blind A/B testing and I nailed the DRC on mode every time, for each source...and it was the better image.
What am I missing in 1080i with DRC 1 on...if the image looks improved over not having it on?
I primarily stick close to Irstevens settings but I'm always tweaking trying new combinations in search of the Perfect picture, I'm gonna try it out, I'll let you know how it goes. I was looking at some reviews of the XBR on a Home theater website, also CNET. I cut and Pasted a paragraph out on the Home theater review and I'll give you a link to the CNET review, to long to paste. Scroll toward the performance part of the review they test the set well and pass or fail it by category, It failed a 3;2 pull down with DRC engaged, the set also didn't pass1080i film based content regardless if it is on or off, check it out for a better explanation. http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-t...tag=prod.txt.1
(paragraph I cut/pasted from Home theater review talks about DRC)
the CNet review is much more informative
Another feature found on the XBR4 Sony LCD TV and which seems capable of doing a respectful job is Sony's DRC or Digital Reality Creation. This Sony 1080p LCD TV uses DRC-Multi-Function version 2.5. This technology is an integral part of the BRAVIA engine and is designed both to up convert standard definition 480i and 480p content to 1080p, and also to minimize loss in interlace-to-progressive conversion when converting 1080i content to 1080p.