I hope it's ok to post this in this forum. I'm reposting this from the DVD Player area in the hopes of more feeback. (I heard this is where all the techs hang out) Any info would be appreciated. Thanks. Dan >I recently tried to do a video lineup with the Video Essentials DVD and had trouble with the pluge test. I could not see the "blacker than black" test signal. With the DVD came a notice which said........ "The established method for setting the brightness control as described in Video Essentials requires a stripe of picture information that goes below black. Even though such image information is encoded and preserved in this DVD, most FIRST GENERATION players are not capable of repoducing it." My question is: does anybody know if the Sony DVP-S7700 is considered a first generation player? (a repondent in the other forum says it isn't but that doesn't mean it will resolve the V.E. pluge test) I have a Sony CRT front projector which is highly accurate and I have noticed on some films a loss of information in dark areas that cannot be resolved by adjusting brightness or contrast, same with the V.E. pluge test. Time for a new DVD player?