Well, I got to check out one of the V-series (with WEGA or VVEGA or whatever the hell it’s meant to be) Sony BRAVIA TVs in JB today, and I’d have to say: I’m quite disappointed.
Whatever VVVEGA image processing it’s doing seems to slow it down, both in terms of when the picture is displayed on the screen (which was slightly-but-noticeably lagging behind the other TVs on the same feed), and in terms of frame rate! Yes, the TV actually seemed to be running at only 15FPS, while displaying the Channel 7 HD feed, while the other TVs around it were smooth.
Now, It occurred to me that this might in fact be an artifact of a better pixel response time, but it’s flickery. Interlace flicker abounds, at least on the C7 feed. I know, the Channel 7 feed is 1080i interlaced, right? I don’t care. It looks crappy (that is – the actual picture on any given frame is really good, but the frame rate sucks, and the interlace lines flicker disturbingly) on the V-series, but not as crappy on the others.
The other thing that put me off the V series is that HDMI cables cost… $200 for a 3 metre cable. Let me repeat that for effect:
two hundred fecking dollars for a 3 metre cable. So there’s obviously integrated electronics in the cable? A clever little silicon chip? Some sort of cunning mechanical dwarf? Er, no. It’s just a straight DVI pin-to-pin-plus-some-extra-pins cable. You could conceivably make one yourself. It just costs $200. Nice one. Think I might have to put the HDMI quest on hold for a while – that’s just insane.
So, the toss-up now is between the regular BRAVIA S-series which ironically looks better than the $500-more-expensive V series, and another randomly selected 32″ LCD.
The time to buy draws nearer.