JVC 65 vs. Panny RP91 (scaling capabilities)

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  1. KevinO

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    I'm in the market for a progressive DVD player. The RP91 sounds nice, but is a bit pricey. I'm very interesting in getting a player that can scale non-anamorphic material. Does the JVC do this? Can it be done manually for improperly flagged discs? I've seen conflicting information about this. Thanks in advance for the input!
     
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    Yes the JVC 723 can convert 4 x 3 letterbox DVD's to 16 x 9 anamorphic with stunning results. The player has an excellent zoom, accessable on the remote, for converting improperly flagged DVD's. Great player for the price.
     
  3. KevinO

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    Ernest, thanks for the info. I'm considering the JVC 65, however. Do you know about this one?
     
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    Does the JVC have the ability to "side letterbox" 1.33:1 DVDs so that you can use the progressive scan abilities of the player???
    It's not that big a deal as it has a switch on the front to switch to 480i and I can use the TV's narrow mode to watch the older classics. [​IMG]
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  5. MaxY

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    OK I don't have one but here is what I understand from having read about them ing few different places.
    Yes it will scale non-anamorphic Letterbox titles but only automatically. Mean if you get one of the titles that does not trigger this funtion like Titanic you are SOL.
    I do belive it also will do the Window box bars for 4x3 full frame as well.
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    I would avoid any player that will not allow you to manually select the zoom/scaling mode. I have discovered that over half the non-anamorphic letterbox DVD's I've tried are not flagged properly, requiring me to manually select zoom on the RP-91.
    However, I have no idea which JVC models do and don't provide a manual zoom selection. I'm sure that JVC owners here will provide that info. The above was just a caveat.
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    Hello...
    JVC Owners???
     
  8. KevinO

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    I've had the JVC 65 for about a week now. The player does scale nonanamorphic letterboxed discs, but as has been pointed out, only if the discs are flagged correctly. There is a manual zoom option, using the remote control, which simply zooms in X2, X4, etc. For those incorrectly flagged discs, you can use this feature, but a portion of the top/bottom image will be eliminated. The image quality is o.k. when manually zooming, but I haven't watched a non-anamorphic disc very carefully yet. The player also will add black vertical bars for 4 X 3 non-letterboxed material. I like this feature, as my Panny 47" has very light gray bars when viewing 4 X 3. I'm not too concerned about scaling non-anamorphic LB discs. I only have 14 in my collection (half are flagged wrong), and I don't think I'll be adding any more. Most if not all new releases (and new catalog releases) are now anamorphic. For me, it wasn't worth an extra $200 to by the RP91, so that 7 non-anamorphic discs are shown properly.
     
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    That's what I was looking for. I don't have that many non-anamorphic discs still in my collection. I mainly have R1 mainstream discs so the oddball disc problem shouldn't effect me. I'm off to Sears.
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