Sony follows bit processing with a bit panel, allowing 64 times the levels of color expression than an 8-bit panel. What that translates to is smoother transitions from color to color and subtle color changes faithfully reproduced. It is the culmination of our legendary picture quality expertise, featuring the latest generation of proprietary video processing technology: Digital Reality Creation - Multi Function DRC-MFv2. This technology creates a high-density video signal that traditional interpolation video processing cannot achieve. This latest generation of DRC-MF features increased processing power and provides a sharp, crystal clear image with both i and p standard definition and all high definition sources except p. It also features "p Direct Creation" which minimizes loss in interlace-to-progressive IP conversion by performing Digital Reality Creation and IP Creation algorithms simultaneously.

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Thomas J. This is surrounded by an aluminum-trimmed clear glass frame, which gives the image a suspended-in-space look. But all this framing results in a set that takes up more room than many models from other manufacturers with larger screens.

The Sony offers all the usual features of a fully equipped set, including multiple aspect ratios, a code programmable multi-component remote, Parental Lock, and standard video adjustments. The other components must have Sony HDMI Control capability—which essentially means that this feature will be fully useful only through a system consisting entirely of new Sony components—apart from the speakers.

Considering the physical limitations imposed by a thin, flat panel enclosure, it was surprisingly listenable for non-critical use. The remote can do the job better, and in addition to the set itself can control three other components.

If you want to learn more about them, either now or later, go to "Controls and Settings," near the end of this report, just prior to the Measurements section. There are three ways to do this: interpolation of new frames, repeating the original frame multiple times, or making every other repeated frame a black frame. Motionflow creates these addition frames by the first method—temporal interpolation.

If you turn the Motion Enhancer off, each source frame is simply repeated as many times as needed to get to Hz, with no interpolation. I was a skeptic at first about all this Hz hullabaloo. Chapter s 1 and 7 of Star Trek: Insurrection a i, standard definition, DVD are notorious torture tests with camera pans and difficult vertical edges prone to flicker.

Without the Motion Enhancer flicker visibly mars these scenes, but the Motion Enhancer cleaned up both with aplomb. In the pan over the stadium, the yardage lines run horizontally across the screen, and as the camera moves up past them they flicker badly as well. ScreenPlay The XBR4 exhibited no significant change in color, brightness, or contrast at angles up to about degrees off center.

There were subtle changes beyond that point, but the image remained highly watchable as far off axis as anyone is likely to sit and still be able to comfortably view the picture. I did see some occasional posterization- that paint-by-numbers effect that turns smoothly graded shadows into stair steps- but mostly in cable sources where it was not possible to specifically blame the Sony.

And I saw no obvious color shifts on black and white film—the source most revealing tests of color uniformity impurities. But it did pass the Coliseum flyover test in chapter 12 of Gladiator. So do many upconverting DVD players. This is an important point, as I did most of my watching of the XBR4 as you are likely to: either with native p, i, or p sources or with standard definition sources upconverted to those resolutions by a cable box or DVD, HD DVD, or Blu-ray player.

I never had a serious need to input i or p. I could live happily with the XBR4 over the long haul. On exceptionally detailed discs like The Wild on Blu-ray, the detail brought out by the Sony—particularly in the animal fur—is amazing. The colors are also vivid and bright, but never over-the-top.

Good DVDs looked fine on the Sony, however, at a more practical viewing distance. You could easily see the soft edges on Gladiator, from any distance, but from eight feet or so it produced a solidly enjoyable image.

In fact, even the recent, standard definition documentary series The Universe, upconverted to i by my cable box, was highly watchable. It will also look great. Highly recommended. This is an excellent flat panel TV.


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