Can Scaled Non-Anamorphic+DPLII=16x9+5.1?

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  1. Dave Simpson

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    Kindly pardon me if my terminology ain't up to snuff (I'm not certain that "scaled" is the correct term in this case; I'm referring to a player's ability to display a letter-boxed, non-anamorphic disc on a wide-screen set without side bars, and without stretch-mode trickery. I believe the RP91 and Tosh's 4700 do this, correct?). My question, then, is whether a presentation, with the picture "scaled" in this fashion, and the soundtrack (non-5.1) processed through DPLII (the old version of Tombstone is a perfect example) can possibly approach the quality of an anamorphically-encoded, DD 5.1 disc? Seems to me this might help us avoid upgrading discs left and right, 'less of course all the swell new extras are really your bag. On a side note, has anyone given any of the X-Files episode discs a listen through DPLII? Comments or opinions, anyone? Cheers!

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  2. Dave Simpson

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    Surely someone has an opinion on this? Or am I just really confused? Cheers!

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  3. Matt_Marlow

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    I can't comment on DPLII (and I'd also love to hear how X-files episodes sound using DPLII), but my DVD player (JVC FA90BK) does scale correctly-flagged nonanamorphic movies. I do think the player does a pretty good job with scaling certain NA titles that have good transfers (The Abyss, Predator, X-Files, The Thing, etc.), there's still a pretty noticeable difference compared to anamorphic discs. And when a NA disc has a poor transfer to start with, there's really not a whole lot that can be done to help it in my opinion. Then again, the Panasonic RP91 and the new Toshibas may do a better job of scaling NA discs than my JVC, but I don't know. I have the original releases (nonanamorphic) of Predator and X-Files: Fight the Future as well as the later releases which are anamorphic and DTS. The NA versions are flagged correctly so they auto-scale with my DVD player, but they still can't compare to the new anamorphic versions for picture clarity, though they're not bad...but I think most people will notice quite a bit of a difference in my opinion. I personally think the difference IS enough to upgrade to the newer versions, provided of course that I'm a fan of the movie in the first place.

    Anyway, those are great questions, and I hope to read some other examples where people compare the scaled nonanamorphic disc to its anamorphic counterpart.
     
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    They look very good on RP-91
     
  5. Jesse Leonard

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    It really depends on the transfer. I have non-anamorphic DVD's that look better scaled by my PR-91 than some anamorphic transfers. But a good anamorphic transfer will beat a non-anamorphic transfer every time.

    Same pretty much goes for the audio. There are some really crappy 5.1 mixes out there that will never sound as good as DPL II. But a really nice 5.1 is hard to be.
     

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