I just got a new TV (sony 32HV600) and have an older sony basic player DVP560 and I am considering a new player. I was looking at the newer Panasonic ans sony players and noticed that sony has 7.5 IRE black levels and panasonic is adjustable 0 or 7.5. Now I'm not sure what this means. Is 0 blacker/darker than 7.5 and is this the propper setting? I do notice that on my set with my older sony which I assume is 7.5 IRE the blacks look dark grey and not completely black. This is after calibration with VE. I try to tone down the brightness to get the blacks darker but it doesn't work. When the screen goes dark during a blackout scene (like the beginning of LOTR's), I see the 16x9 frame due to the squeeze however the aspect ratio of the film is 2.35:1. I'm not sure if this bothers me yet but I was wondering if getting a player that has 0 IRE would get it blacker without darkening the overall picture.