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As I mentioned, this year’s models are only slightly brighter than last year’s. The THX mode’s default light output, with a full-screen 100 percent pattern on my 100-inch 1.1-gain screen, was about 30 foot-lamberts (and I kept it close to that after calibration). Compare that with 28.3 ft-L in last year’s X750R. The brightest picture mode is the Natural mode, at about 52 ft-L in the high lamp mode. For those who plan to do some viewing during the day or in a room with modest ambient light, the Natural mode is a great option. It measured quite close to the THX mode in its color balance, and the color points were also very close to reference standards–with blue being the least accurate at a Delta Error of 3.13. I used the Natural mode to watch HDTV shows and sports during the day; and, with the blinds in the back of the room opened halfway, I was still able to enjoy a nicely saturated, nicely detailed image.”
“With the bleak winter setting, the X12000 produced a very natural picture with an excellent sense of depth. While the picture was loaded with detail, it never looked contrived or artificial.
The X12000’s excellent greyscale performance meant it perfectly rendered the dark wood of the trees and the mountain stone without free of any unwelcome colour intrusion.”
The X970R’s video processor didn’t handle 1080i deinterlacing as well as other displays I’ve tested. With the 1080i cadence tests on the Spears and Munsil 2nd Generation Benchmark disc, the DLA-X970R correctly detected a 1080i film cadence (although it was slow to do so), but it failed at 1080i video and other cadences like 5:5 and 6:4. You probably won’t see too many artifacts in film-based 1080i HDTV shows, but video-based 1080i content could be another story. Again, if you lock your source device to a 1080p or 4K resolution, this won’t be a concern.”
“Sticking with space-themed movies, I then watched Star Trek Beyond. The Sony projector easily depicted the greater detail and enhanced color range of the HDR UHD. Without giving away the plot, there is a scene in which a spaceship goes over a cliff and crashes through the forest. While watching the UHD version of the movie, there was loads of three-dimensional detail, despite all of the rapidly moving image components. This detail also provided great depth of image, particularly in the space city scenes with all of the flying ships at different distances (this somewhat reminded me of the Leeloo escape scene in The Fifth Element). As it did with the Arrival disc, the Sony was able to take advantage of the additional information in the HDR signal and provide significantly more shadow detail in the UHD version compared with Blu-ray.”