After a week of testing 32XBR6 using additional equipment:
- Sony Blu Ray player BDP-S500
- Sony Playstation 3
- PC with LG Blu Ray Burner & ATI Radeon XT2600HD + PowerDVD HD Ultra
- Blue Ray discs used: Live Free or Die Hard, Spiderman 3, Employee of the Month, Day After Tomorrow (all 1080p24 coded);
here what I have noticed:
1. CineMotion set to Auto1 eliminates judder effect but ONLY when inputing 60p or 60i video signal. You can clearly see it on almost every Blu Ray movie. The smoothing effect is very similar to "Auto Motion Plus" set to High used by Samsung.
2. XBR6 proudly accepts 1080p24 signal. However CineMotion smoothing engine is NOT EFFECTIVE no matter how you set it (Auto1, Auto2, Off). So with 24p signal you will get the judder no matter what.
I have also checked just arrived KDL-40W4100 model in my local SonyStyle store for MotionFlow function, here what I have noticed:
3. The MotionFlow as an addition to CinemaMotion does not make much difference when playing 1080p source coded blue ray discs. The only function that makes noticeable difference is CineMotion - also present on 32XBR6.
4. I was not able to check MotionFlow function with SourceDirect 1080p24 signal. The salesperson was not willing to change the player output signal setup. I will try to make another attempt to do so.
6. Sony BDP-S500 Blu Ray player, although equipped with Bravia Sync function does not support XBR6 series extended Bravia Sync functionality through HDMI like Play, Stop, Rev, Ffd, etc. It only enable basic ON/OFF functionality. Btw, this player is really slow, wait for the new model or get Sony PS3. Or if you still want Sony wait till summer, they are releasing new player series with 2.0 model and full Bravia Sync functionality to use with your XBR6 LCD TV.
The bottom line:
- If you want to see a real difference with Blue Ray movies, get Sony LCD TV that has CineMotion function. Do not bother with additional MotionFlow, I was not able to tell the difference. 32XBR6 has the CineMotion function.
- Sony 32XBR6 as well as all upcoming XBR6 series models has 10-bit panel and processing. All the mumbo jumbo about 8-bit is just a gossip.
- The only con against Sony is lowering screen contrast while moving away from the screen center axis. It's actually much worse comparing to the latest Samsungs (LNxxA550/650/750) models. There is noticeable contrast drop starting from 45 deg. on each side from the screen axis. And that is a shame, especially when Sony is priced around ~$300 more than competitor. But if you watch TV sitting at the center, do not bother what I have just said.
- If you want the same functionality as for XBR6 series but with much better contrast ratio, get Samsung LNxxA650 model 40" or up. But if you can't fit more than 32" into your room, stick with XBR6 - it's the best performer in this screen size class and it has CineMotion that makes a huge difference. No other competitor has similar smoothing engine in 32" class.
More pictures to come. Regards, Steve