Originally Posted by jahummer
Yeah, that does not sound right. With no disc in the transport, as long as you are using HDMI, have I/P set to on, it should be able to select 1080p24. Try turning deep color off, set HDMI format to MAX, make sure your connected display is set to 1080p24. When playing a blu ray disc, you should be able to see the resolution set to 1080p24 but if you are playing a SD-DVD, it will not be in 1080p24.
Sorry it's taken awhile to get back to you. I've been offline for a couple of days. But I do have some interesting news for you regarding the HDMI output on the player.
To confirm my setup options:
I/P direct is ON
Deep Color is ON
HDMI format is MAX
My Pioneer plasma is in PURE mode and set to Pure Cinema ADV (thanks for asking EWL5)
I tried turing on and off several of these and other options, including the Deep Color, but I was still not able to get the 1080p24 option to be selectable. Then I read in the manual about the HDMI buttion on the front panel of the player. I pressed it once and it showed "1080p". I hit it again, and voila, it now showed "1080p24". I confirmed that it was set to that by going into the setup menu, and 1080p24 was shown as selected and no longer grayed out. I also was able to use the "Display" button on the remote to verify that I was using 1080p24.
So, I'm getting 1080p24 with BD, but when I put in an SD DVD, I'm getting just 1080p. I just confirmed with Marantz technical support that that's the way it's supposed to work. You only get 1080p with standard def dvd, so you are quite correct on that score, Jeremy.
As a final note, it's somewhat ironic that I might actually prefer keeping the player in 1080p mode. Camera pans in a couple of movie scenes I watched the other day might actually have been a little smoother in 1080p rather than in 1080p24. The difference was slight in any event.
All in all, this is a great blu-ray player. The picture and sound are both fantastic. The only real glitch I've had so far is with a BD of "Across the Universe" that I got from Netflix. About a third of the way through the player froze. I couldn't even skip past it to the next chapter. Well, I love the movie anyway, so I went out and bought it and am able to see the whole film now without any problem. It must have been a scratch on the Netflix copy causing the lockup.
Thanks to everyone for their suggestions on how to resolve my problem.