Originally Posted by Reflex-Arc
To your point about sharpness, I'll admit that I'm having a hard time seeing a difference on a test pattern if I raise or lower it a few clicks from 50 in either direction. To-date I've just trusted the recommendations to leave it alone.
I'm hoping we see a settings thread for this display at some point. If anything, it'd go a long way towards my understanding of Sony-ese in menu terms. Coming from Panasonic and more recently, LG, I'm a bit lost. [IMG class=inlineimg]/forum/images/smilies/tongue.gif[/IMG]
It all depends on the panel being used and what technology it's made of. A cheap VA panel the sharpness almost acts like a focus, until it reaches a certain point, then it introduces noise. Noise is something we do not want as it degrades the image. Sony, even way back from the CRT days, has this thing called reality creation (VM), which sort of works with
sharpness and noise reduction, to try and enhance a degraded signal. IMO, it simply makes it worse, but some people like it for certain things.
My test usually involves looking at a wall of text and a sharpness pattern or two, then testing out a few PS2 games. After doing that with the 950g I am certain that sharpness at minimum, or close to it, is the way to go. But, it won't work if you don't disable all the other garbage enhancements Sony has added, like reality creation.
Then again, i could be totally wrong about the sharpness since my receiver isn't passing 480p from my ps2 correctly or the x950g doesn't like the ps2 signal.
My issue now is that the 950g will not accept 480p from my ps2, 480i works fine through my old pioneer elite receiver using component to digital conversion to HDMI. Even my PS3 connects with an HDMI cable through my receiver and passes 480p and up. Perhaps there is a setting I need to enable, I don't know, but for now I can't get 480p with the ps2. I'll see a second or two of the image then it blacks out until I switch back to 480i
Sad, because I wanted to use it for so many things. I guess 480i with an M-Cable running from the receiver would do, but I want the full frame buffer of the PS2 on the display, not to mention all the games that can be modded to run in true 16x9 480p.
One thing I've learned is that sony's noise reduction is incredible for low res content. For now I have all noise reduction and smooth gradation set to high when my PS2 is connected at 480i. This introduces a frame of lag or more, but for old single player PS2 games who really cares. The point is, that with this stuff turned on it matches or exceeds a CRT in many ways. Acting as a form of Anti Aliasing for the ps2, much like a high quality crt. I'm so anxious to try an MCable now.
And thanks to everyone that has replied to me or simply posted in the thread. Sorry for my walls of text, I'll stop posting for a bit.