Originally Posted by RobertR
If you divide 16 by 9, you get 1.78:1, which is so close to 1.85:1 that any bars you get would be tiny. The top and bottom bars that the "I'll be in agony if every square inch of my screen isn't always filled" people complain about are on 2.35:1 films.
Thanks Cpcat and Robert.
Here's my initial feedback on the 55. This will be of little use to most as I have no blu ray player to compare it to and my DVD player is an older model with no upconversion. Also, I have a 10 year old, very high end 2 channel audio system that was built for audio reproduction, so I can only comment on 2 channel audio. I bought the 55 as my current DVD player is a California Audio Labs CL 20, which is also a very high end CD player(it is the CD player in my audio system). It has a very high end analog audio section which I used in DVD playback, so I wanted the better analog audio section (capacitors, etc.)in the 55.
First, the player was fairly easy to set up. The unit is dead silent. The front display can be dimmed, but not turned off. The blue light can be set in the Display to on, off, or SD inserted. Load time for an SD DVD was about the same as my DVD player. I first put the DVD The Ultimate Gift in my DVD player and watched a bit, then in the 55. The upconversion in the 55 gave somewhat better detail, but I wasn't wowed. The sound seemed a bit better on my CAL DVD player with a bit more extension and detail in the bottom.
I only have one Blu-Ray from Netflix here (Baby Mama). From the tray closing to the film's menu coming on took 48 seconds. Again, with no other HD to compare it to other than broadcast tv, the picture seemed just okay (I know, it's probably just this film). It seemed comparable to an average HD picture I have seen on broadcast tv, but I have seen some broadcasts both on network and cable HD such as HDNET that were far more detailed and with better color saturation. I set the player's output to 24 p and then set the panny 800 to 48hz, but the flicker was very noticeable and annoying. I had to set the panny back to 60hz. I didn't see any clear difference with the panny set to 48hz, but I didn't have it on for long or go back and forth several times to look as I just found the flickering too annoying. I also could not get the frame by frame advance to work correctly. I hit pause, then used used the arrow on the right of the okay button, which advanced the picture 3 or 4 frames, but then would only move a selection on a menu that came up from the bottom of the screen?? The manual (page20) gives the same instructions.
For those interested in the CD audio, I played a Diana Krall CD in the 55. While the sound was quite respectable, when I put the CD in my CAL, the CAL blew it away with more detail, transparency, greater soundstage, and better bass extension.