RP91 help!

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  1. Chris Pendergraft

    Chris Pendergraft Auditioning

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    I just got my RP91, based on reviews I had read here about one month ago. I hooked it up and set everything up correctly. I have a 55' 16x9 television with the full surround setup. Now I could be wrong but I remeber people posting earlier that this unit converted older non-anamorphic discs to anamorphic. Was I just confused or did they mean the picture quality is improved because of the progressive scan properties of the player. Also, I noticed that the RP91 plays dvd audio, do I need anything else other than the player to play a dvd audio. According to the manual it doesn't look that way, however I thought I'd ask [​IMG]
    Thanks for any and all responses.
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    The way the Panny scales the non-anamorphic image to a fake anamorphic mode is better than most 16x9 TV's Zoom function. Just a better algorithm being used I guess. Plus the fact that it's progressive scanned (480p) where on some HDTV's that lock into FULL mode, in order to use the set's Zoom mode for non-anamorphic DVDs you have to go to interlaced (480i) mode on a regular progressive scan player.
    For the DVD-Audio function to work you need A)a DVD-Audio disc (as an example: Steely Dan's Two Against Nature; they come in super sized jewel cases with the DVD-Audio logo on the cover), and B) 6 analog audio cables from the player to a receiver or processor's 5.1 analog bypass inputs.
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  3. Chris Pendergraft

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    So is there a zoom feature on the RP91? I looked at the manual but didn't read anything about it.
    Anyone who owns this unit know exactly what has to be done to use this feature? Thanks, again [​IMG]
    Chris
     
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    Hit the display twice and then cycle through to the video settings and go to U4 and then tab over a couple of more and there's a setting that cycles through auto-zoom-shrink-normal.
    All of that is off the top of my head, so sorry if it's not clear.
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    The JVC 723 will also re-format a 4 x 3 letterbox DVD to 16 x 9 giving the appearance of an anamorphic DVD. Does this process improve the picture quality? From my experience with the JVC 723 I would say yes the process does improve picture quality. It can't make a bad DVD, Born on the Fourth of July, better, but it can make Clear and Present Danger, Stargate and many others look very good. In fact on some DVD's, the Abyss, Dune 2000, you would swear you were watching an anamorphic DVD. Dune 2000 has an extreemly sharp, artifact free, film like picture.
    I don't know if the R91 handles all letterbox DVD's by formatting them to 16 x 9. For the 723 unless the letterbox DVD includes the formatting instructions the picture will be windowed boxed. In that case you can use the player's zoom feature. The zoom feature is very easy to use, it has a direct button on the remote so it is not necessary to enter the menu.
    This is a great feature and it would be helpful to know which other progressive scan players can re-format leterbox DVD's.
     
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    If I've been reading the forums correctly, I believe there is one difference between the JVC and Panasonic on this scaling.
    From what I've read the JVC only scales non-anamorphic letterboxed DVDs automatically by reading the flags on the DVD. You can't override it manually (at least on one model, maybe the later ones fixed this).
    The Panasonic (which I have) does it automatically too, but can also be put into ZOOM manually for when the DVD isn't flagged correctly. Titanic is a classic example of one that won't scale automatically -- the AUTO mode just windowboxes it.
    The scaling really does make a good non-anamorphic transfer look much better than using the TV's ZOOM mode (interlaced) on my Elite 610. No scan lines!
     
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    Hey Dan, we watched the first DVD on the RP91 last night - MI2 - and it was displayed on our 16X9 TV like the top left image in your link. My understanding from the above posts is that I can change that to a full screen display like the top right image. Is that correct?
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    I also just bought a RP-91 and I have a Toshiba tn50x81 TV. It does not do the squeeze, at least not without going into the service menu. I have not had much time to experiment with the set, but I wanted to know if the features discussed above have any relevance to my set and how I might watch movies--letterboxed, letterboxed and zoomed (ie somewhere btwn letterbox and pan & scan.) And whether I too should always try to get the anamorphic version. (are there often different versions?)
    thanks
     
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    Thanks for all the replies [​IMG] I'm going to go try it right now, I'll post back in a bit about my results.
    Chris
     
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    Sweet, that looks so good [​IMG] I just tried it on Titanic and you guys are so right, it looks fabulous. Also a couple of more questions. What should I have my digital picture mode set to? Should I also leave the transfer mode on auto1? Thanks, you guys have been alot of help [​IMG]
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    Thanks Dan [​IMG] I set just like you said. When you say audio capabilities what exactly do you mean? I have it hooked up to my avr3300 with digital coaxial, which sounds great imo. I do have 6 channel inputs on my receiver also, should I hook it up that way instead? Thanks [​IMG]
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    Thanks Dan. I did experiment a little more last night and I think that all is well. MI2 is probably playing as it should. Yes, we are in progressive mode - the blue light is on. We watched the Matrix last night and it looked terrific. Even the better half is making comments about the improved picture, and thats a surprise because "there was nothing wrong with the old one" would be more in character. Appreciate your help.
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    quote: Originally posted by: Wayne_T
    Even the better half is making comments about the improved picture, and thats a surprise because "there was nothing wrong with the old one" would be more in character
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    I was going to email you that there is an imposter cutting and pasting your posts over at AVS, but the latest post solved that issue [​IMG]
    To impress the better half rent "Fifth Element" and "The Replacements", the colour is spectacular in these.
    Also I believe that Rogers Video has a DVD called " Over Canada". It is the closest thing you will see to HDTV [​IMG] coming out of a DVD player!
    Heres the link:http://www.overcanada.com/products.htm
    Dan
    [Edited last by DanG on July 13, 2001 at 12:18 PM]
     

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