Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Newfoundland, Canada
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Here is an update regarding an earlier post of mine concerning the "zoom" modes for 4x3 picture on the 111 / 151. Thanks to some information in answers to my post, I returned to my dealer today with some non anamorphic widescreen DVDs to play on the PRO-150. When we played them in the Pioneer Blu-ray player set to output 1080p, the screen would not zoom, only do the "goofy" stretches and squashes. We changed the output of the player to 480i and, lo and behold, now the picture could be zoomed using the "zoom" function, resulting in a "full screen" image of the letterboxed movie (The Big Easy). Checking the 480i "zoom" with the DVD of Video Essentials (ch 17 in the Monitor Evaluation signals) showed a perfect height and with zoom on the 1.78:1 screen. The normal 4x3 screens were full width and had the top and bottom cut off.
I plan on using my DVD recorder for watching SD tv and tv DVD (usually 4x3 or letterboxed) as a 480i signal and the "zoom" will fill up the screen nicely with no distortions, except for the loss of some top and bottom on real 4x3. I do not know if these options for "zoom" are also available from the Pioneer built in tuner as my dealer uses a hi-def satellite signal for "TV" so the SD tuner was not set up.
Hopefully this "zoom" behaviour will be consistant with the next generation 111 / 151 (or as D-nice, I think it was, indicated even more and better options) and if so, there is a new Pioneer 111 in my future...... I have no idea why you cannot "correctly" zoom a 4x3 picture if the signal is 1080p/i!