Is there a region-free progressive dvd player that rivals the Panasonic RP91?

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  1. Patrick G

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    I can't find one, but thought someone might know of one.
     
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    A lot of people have good things to say about the Malata - http://www.avdeals.com/malata_dvd.htm
    I just got one, but I'm not using it with a progressive scan TV. It handles PAL to NTSC better than just about any other player I've heard of. Do a search on Malata here and you'll find some other very informative threads.
    Plus this thing is cheap, and it can do a lot. It may even do DVD-Audio, but I haven't been able to confirm that. I've asked about it in this thread http://www.hometheaterforum.com/uub/...ML/042986.html
    but haven't gotten any responses yet.
     
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    So, the Malata has anamorphic scaling like the RP91? Also, what does the RP91 have that the Malata doesn't, if anything?
     
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    Great, Kevin. Now if I could just find out if the Malata does the anamorphic scaling thing, like the RP91, so I would never have to use TheaterWide 2 mode on my TW40X81 any more.
     
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    Patrick,
    Yes it does. In-fact it is even better than the RP-91 in that respect. It will let you adjust the picture size pixel by pixel in x and y coordinates!
    Kevin C. [​IMG]
     
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    Patrick, yes it does do the scaling thing. Look for some threads on here by Matt Stevens I believe it was, he did a full work up on the player.
    Kevin, do you know anything about when the firmware upgrade is supposed to be available? I just got my Malata yesterday and when I press Display on the remote, item 7 is for info on DVD-Audio. Does that mean I have the update, or were they just planning ahead?
     
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    Great! Now, should I get the Region 0 default or the Region 1 default player? I'm assuming Region 1 since I'm in the US, but I thought I read something about only the Region 0 player's firmware being upgradeable. Which did you get, Kevin?
     
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    I went with the Region 1, not having seen that about only the region 0 being upgradeable. The weird thing is that text is on avdeals.ca, nothing is mentioned about that on avdeals.com.
     
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    Yes Keith I saw that on the display also. I bought the region 1 version. I am going to try to get a DVD-A disc tommorow and try it. Although I don't think it will work. What would I need to set the dcoder to in the Malata to try it? I received mine last Friday.
    Kevin C. [​IMG]
     
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    I don't know what to set for it. It may do it automatically, but I'm worried it may do the DD track and I won't be able to tell. I got mine yesterday. I'm wondering if they did the upgrade. Somewhere, on avsforum I think, I saw someone mention their's took a while to show because they had a backlog waiting for upgrades, or something like that. Could be they added it to ours at that time.
     
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    The Malata will also do the anamorphic squeeze trick on 4X3 sets. My 7 year old 53" Sony now shows anamorphic titles in all their glory, both for PAL and NTSC discs. It takes about 16 clicks on the down arrow in the X Y scaling menu after setting the player to output to a 16X9 TV. It's like buying a DVD player and getting a new dual mode PAL/NTSC RPTV 16X9 set for free.
     
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