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I saw the new Sony multiple times at IFA, and here are my impressions. I'm coming from the JVC X9500/RS 620
Sony had 3 new projectors they were showing.
A short throw, priced at 20K which was projecting on a 100" special Gray screen which apperantly does wonders for ambient light. This is of no interest to me, so I didnt bother with it , but it did look very impressive.
The 260 which is priced at 5, 000 Euro and the 760 at 15,000 Euro.
They were showing 2 trailers over and over agian, Passengers and the new Balde Runner 2049.
Those were actually a good choice for me, as they both required high contrast to fully enjoy them.
The Sony room was quite small, relied on a heavy Black curtain to keep things dark and obviously people played with it quite a bit and I needed to raise my voice to get good darkness.
They were showing the above clips on the 260 and the 760 so you get a feel on the differences.
The 260 is a naked 360 i.e no dynamic Iris, no lens memory, no lens memory, lower native contrast, no auto calibration.
After watching it for a few minutes I started to lose interest as the contrast was wayyy to low for me to call this a decent picture. Otherwise I thought that the colors looked washed out and sharpness was not that good, though those of course can be just adjustments and calibration. Based on what I saw, this has no real advantage over a JVC X5500/420.
Before we start to discuss the 750 I should mention that after the first public demo I saw of the 260 and 760, I started asking quite a few questions, at that point the European product menager approached me and asked if we (came with a friend who owns the 420) would like a PRIVATE DEMO, to which we replied YES.
We were taken to a different room which was quite a walk from there.
In that room we met 2 Japanese enginers who were thrilled to learn that we are in fact enthusiasts and not dealers and the nearly cried out of joy after I told them that I owned the 95ES, The Ruby, The 10HT and the remarkable 400Q.
They let us pick out meterial from the stuff they had, which was stuff I was not femiliar with, other then Oblivion.
At that time you guys are probably smiling waiting for those critical viewing notes, but sadly that was not the case, as in fact this was much worse then the OK room Sony had for the public. There was light coming out from an opening between the wall the screen was mounted on to the ceiling, this light caused a lot of damage to the overall picture, so while looking at the picture I started to ask some questions. Please forgive me for not asking the questions which are currently bugging Sony owners as I have not followed those threads being a current JVC owner.
I was told that the 260/360/760 all share the same lens which is apperantly better than the one on the 550.
I asked about NATIVE contrast but was told that Sony never discloses such information , but after insisting, i was told that I can expect 25-30% better contrast than the 550.
Sony is currentl talking with Dolby about implementing this, and I was told that they will not commit to this, but it can be done on the 760 with a software upgrade.
Implementation of HDMI 2.1
This has no current planes and the engineers said that this will not be necessary for future implemantaion and come to play only with 8K.
My impressions from the 760 based mainly on the public room.
I would start by saying that I was BLOWN AWAY by the 760, the Picture had good contrast, not nearly as good as I'm seeing and I bet it's on par with the entry level JVC's which is not a bad thing and enough for that Contrast thresh hold. Brifghtness was very very good, playing on a 133" wide screen and 120" wide in the public room. Sharpness was something to behold, motion always fele natural and flowing and colors looked natural and spot on. The picture had a lot of depth and very good pop.
What caught my eye imediately is the "feel" of the picture, i saw this for the FIRST time when I had a chance to check out the JVC Z1 at the JVC booth, this special, refined , expensive analogue look. The Sony has that as well.
Though they played different material in different rooms and it's very hard to compare, I would say the Sony has the edge when it comes to Contrast And Sharpness, both share the same analogue feel.
Was it all perfect? saddly NO.
2 things realy bothered me with the Sony.
1. Being such a fan of Fade To Black and constantly running after the projector that does it well, I was so impressed with the ability of the JVC laser to shut down completely during those fade to blacks . This was NOT the case with the Sony, you could still see some light on the screen. I asked about that, and they told me that it's a software issue and the projector is just a prototype.
2. Banding. We have some banding on the JVC units caused by the CMD mechanism but they are not that bad and not that often. On the Sony I couldn't see any banding watching Oblivion or passengers BUT I saw 3-4 SERIOUS Banding issues during the Balde Runner clip. Every time they played the clip I saw Banding' and it was very major. Sadly I had no one to ask about this at the time.
Hopefully they get this fixed.
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