How important is the HD detailer in the new Sony HD sets?

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  1. jeff lam

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    This is one of the differences between the KV32HS500 and the KV32HV600. What does this wideband video amp do and does it make a difference in picture quality? I trying to figure out if this feature and the adjustable DRC is worth the extra $200.

    Anyone have any thoughts or input on these features?
     
  2. James Stierman

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    I believe HD detailer is sony's name for a high-speed velocity scan modulator? If this is correct, it's quite an increases in sharpeness on an HD image, at least it is on projections.
     
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    I would consider the adjustable DRC to be worth $200.
     
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    Hm. Everything I read tells me how bad scan velocity modulation is and advises disabling it totally. But I don't know anything specific about Sony sets, so put that comment in the FWIW category, keeping in mind that it might not be worth much. [​IMG]
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    Jeff,

    The "HD Detailer," as Sony calls, it is a wideband video amplifier (nothing to do with SVM in case you were worried - that's their "ClearEdge VM" which is user adjustable / defeatable). By wideband they simply mean having a wider bandwidth (higher frequency) capacity for more linear amplification of HDTV sources. Presumably this results in better detail at higher resolutions (i.e. frequencies), but probably not much of a difference vs. the HS500 for regular "lo-def" NTSC sources.

    As Phil suggests, I too believe the adjustable DRC is worth the extra $200 list. I found it extremely beneficial for cable TV and moderately useful for DVD sources. I don't know how "much" DRC the HS500 "applies," but if it's anywhere near 100%, that's way too much for less than perfect cable TV and even too much for DVD (though not nearly as noticeable unless looking at test patterns).
     

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