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Okay, so I'm thinking of buying a 40GB PS3, specifically to watch Blu-Ray discs on my HD-ready Sony CRT (KV-40XBR800), which accepts 1080i via either DVI (studio RGB) or analog YPbPr, and displays it with full vertical resolution (alhough the aperture grill does limit the horizontal resolution to something like 853 columns). But before I spend my money, I'd like to get this BTB issue nailed down.
I gather that since firmware revision 1.81, the PS3 will not pass BTB over digital RGB, no matter how it's set up. Has anybody tried getting it to pass BTB over an analog component connection? I wouldn't really care about this if I owned a fixed-pixel display; however, as with all CRTs, my Sony's black point varies depending on the average picture level, and I have to calibrate it using a high-APL PLUGE pattern. This, in turn, means that when displaying a scene with a low APL, any clipping of BTB data could (at least theoretically) result in visible black crushing.
Assuming that BTB over analog YPbPr isn't possible, could I at least downgrade to the 1.80 firmware? Or does that only work with the 20GB/60GB models? (And for that matter, does Sony even make the old firmware available to its customers?)
Thanks very much!