Sony 16:9 enhanced mode and progressive scan

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  1. MikeKane

    MikeKane Auditioning

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    I recently bought a Sony KV32FS100 tv and have a question about the 16:9 enhanced mode which is one of the reasons I bought this set.

    My question is, do I need a progressive scan dvd player to take full advantage of this feature? I currently have my good old Toshiba SD1200 (which is not a progressive scan player) hooked up using component cables and am really happy with the picture but the only thing I have to compare to is my 10 yr old set so anything looks better. [​IMG]

    I'm sure someone here can help my confusion. Thanks!
     
  2. Sam Pat

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    No, you do not need a progscan player to take advantage of 16:9 mode.

    As long as the set is HD-ready or better, the line double inside your set will de-interlace the signal.

    But a progscan player will typically yield even better results.
     
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    Justin Hargis Stunt Coordinator

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    Progressive Scan mode only works with HDTV sets. The 32FS100 is not HDTV-ready. So, if you got a progressive scan DVD player you wouldn't be able to use it's progressive capabilities. However, I must say, the Sony WEGA non-HD sets (27" and above) look amazing using the 16:9 enhanced mode. They're the best direct-view televisions you can get before you go HD, in my opinion.

    Good Luck

    Note: Make sure to tell your DVD player you have a 16:9 TV even though your TV is 4:3.
     
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    Sam, I've heard the exact opposite. People have said that in the event you have an HDTV and a progressive player, it's better to leave the player in non-progressive mode because TV's have superior line-doubling and 3:2 pulldown technology.

    I don't know if this is true or not as I don't have my HDTV yet, but have you heard this as well? Anyone else have comments on this issue?
     
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  6. MikeKane

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    Thanks for the answer. I'm very happy with my current setup except for some very slight "oversqueeze" in 16:9 enhanced mode which I understand can be corrected on these sets. I wasn't quite ready to make the hdtv jump yet due to my location and budget and got a great deal on the Sony so all is good for now.
     
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    And you have told your Toshiba to output at 16:9? I suppose you have, or you wouldn't even be here. (I've known people to have bought FS- and FV-series WEGAs who are completely unaware of the 16:9 mode, which is the only truly compelling reason to purchase one of those sets.)
     
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    i have the 27" Wega with the 16:9 enhanced mode. I have to tell you, the overall picture clarity is the best you can get from a tube tv and also the closest you'll probably get to progessive scan with a non-HD tv. I've seen quite a few cheaper HD tvs that look nowhere near as nice as those Sony CRT Wegas. I paid $400 for my 27" because I wasn't ready yet to drop $3k or $4k on a HD tv with the kind of picture I wanted. if you looking for a better dvd player to prep yourself for an HD tv, i got my Toshiba sd-9200 on ebay for $400, it was a referbished model. Work just like the new ones do, for $900 less.
     

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