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Sony KDL46XBR4 46 inch LCD HDTV (MSRP $3300 HT Guys Store $2777)
We then popped in a Blu Ray disc (Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer) and were quite impressed with the picture. We saw great detail in the picture and found that the skin tones looked very natural. Color representation was highly accurate. The TV has very good black levels for a an LCD. We found that computer generated scenes looked fake for some reason. The skiing scene looked very good. There was a lot of contrast between the white snow and the blue sky. The TV has a Contrast Ratio of 2,000:1 We liked the off angle viewing of this TV. While not on par with Plasmas its much better than most LCDs we've seen.
Next we started playing around with the settings to dial the TV in. Our friend was happy with the pre-configured cinema settings and was getting antsy about us spending so much time at with his TV. In the end our quick calibration made the picture even better. Our calibration settings are included at the end of this review. Please use them as a starting point only. We ended up turning the all the special processing off. You can play around with those to see if you like what you see. With HD film based material we felt the Motion Enhancer took away from the viewing experience. With SD material it actually improved the picture. This is very subjective so if you plan on buying this TV or you already own one experiment with these settings.
Once we had it dialed in we went back and watched the Fantastic Four Blu Ray Disc. It was clear to all that we had indeed improved the picture. Our friend was happy we came by. It was everything we said before about the clarity, color, and detail but improved. We also watched Standard Definition DVDs (Spider Man 3, 27 Dresses, and Enchanted) after calibration. We were pleasantly surprised at how good the picture looked. The motion enhancer actually improved the picture. Our recommendation is screen parts of the movie with the motion enhancer on and then turn it off. See which one you prefer. You'll soon figure out what types of movies this will help and what types it won't help. Unfortunately we do not have a clear cut answer for its use.
Calibration Settings (Use only as a starting point):
Picture Mode: Custom
Color Space: Standard
Posted by The HT Guys, May 8, 2008 11:10 PM
About The HT GuysThe HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.
Two of the products they worked on include the DCP-1000 and DADR-5000. The DCP is a digital cinema processor used in movie theaters around the world. The DADR-5000 is a disk-based audio dubber used on Hollywood sound stages.
ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.
Every week they put together a podcast about High Definition TV and Home Theater. Each episode brings news from the A/V world, helpful product reviews and insights and help in demystifying and simplifying HDTV and home theater.