Originally posted by dixi
doctorG4, I too had a similar problem with my Pio 868 which is connected to a Sony FQ80 TV (CRT) via an Ixos 811 Scartcable (RGB).
On some DVDs, eg The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and Monsters Inc, the subtitles had a somewhat blurred, whiteish background which also was stretched over the lower part of the picture. On Manchurian, dark scenes also got somewhat green.
Luckily, I found a (very) easy way of getting rid of this problem and it has not appeared since:
On your 868, select the following: Home Menu (on the remote) - Initial settings - Video output - Component out - Progressive (NOT Interlaced!)
Don't ask me why it worked but it does. Give it a try (if you haven't)!
(what you describe is _exactly_ the artifact I get, boosting the contrast up will in fact show that the white strips becomes a greenish/whitish tint in the whole part of the screen below the offending title)
thanks for the tip. I will give it (yet another) try.
In meanwhile I contacted Pioneer Germany who stated :
1) that they think it is an incompatibility between TV and DVD (up to here nothing new)
2) they think it is triggered by Macrovision (I do not have an opinion about this, what I can say is that it appears in most DVD with subtitle enabled or writing exibiting contrast with background) Recently I noticed a strong effect as well in the menu of DVE which should not be MV protected)
3) They say that exchanging the unit will probably not bring any improvement. :-(
4) they offered to modify the capacitor at the output of RGB to make it more stable. :-)
so I sent in the Pioneer 868 and got it back "modified". Unfortunately exactly the same
defect is there. :-(
I will now do the following:
a) try the trick you suggest.(I think it is already non progressive but....)
b) play with the back level etc.
Here I have a question to Bob (Pariseau):
I have a proble defining the practical sequence how to calibrate the display. Normally I would leave the source (the Pioneer) in the default value and then use AVIA/DVE to adjust the TV settings. If I have simultaneously to modify TV AND DVD it becomes less clear what is the best order in which to do it. Furthermore the presence of Black setup complicates further the process.
Should start with DVD default, adjust the TV then go back to the DVD and ....???
Should I leave Black setup to 0 (as it normally is in PAL countries) and play with the black and white level on the Pioneer or first try setting to IRE 7.5 and then play with black and white ??
If I try both (plus the TV to make it look good) I get infinite number of combinations!
Thanks for any advice you can provide me.