I double checked the Toshiba XA2, and, as someone mentioned in an earlier post, it does not stretch 4:3 material.
But it is annoying having to manually turn of 1080p24 for video based DVD's! (Failure to do so leads to a very jerky picture) That's something I haven't had to do with my LG BH200.
On the other hand, the LG BH200 appears to be completely unable to display my letterbox (non anamorphic) DVD's properly without black bars on all four sides. My test disc is the History Channel's "The Universe", which is a letterboxed SD DVD. My television is the Sony KDL-XBR4 46" LCD 1080p24 which has four "zoom" modes that allow it to do stuff like pillarboxing stretched material: "Wide Zoom", "Normal", "Full", and "Zoom". The only mode that displays it in the correct aspect ratio is "Normal", which leaves black bars on all four sides. The other three zoom modes make people look short and stretched out.
BTW, this television show is meant to have no black bars on a 16:9 display.
My Toshiba HD-XA2 displays this properly once I switch my TV's zoom mode to "Zoom"...the picture then fills the screen at the proper aspect ratio with no black bars on any side and without clipping the picture. And people don't look short and stretched out.
Suddenly it doesn't seem like such a big deal having to turn off 1080p24 for video based material
I wonder if the Oppo's both automatically turn off 1080p24 for video-based DVD's (which the LG does) *and* properly display 4:3 material (which the XA2 does)...
Then again, even if they do, I'd really prefer not having a third disc player in my home theater. But I would love it if they came out with a great BD player that did a great job with DVD too!