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Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Park Ridge, IL /Sheridan Beach, IN
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Last week I posted to this thread regarding some issues with my 59's inability to properly play a few disks - wouldn't play a Sesame Street Elmo DVD, would only play my boat clubs DVD-RW disk if I turned off progresive scan, and would only play my Star Wars Episode IV disk if I skipped past the menu's directly to the feature.
I returned my player to ABT Electronics today and was even more impressed with them than ever. I originally bought my 59AVi as a demo/floor model at a great price. When I went in this morning, all I wanted to do was trade it in on a new one and pay the difference, ~$200. To my surprise, they gave me a brand new, sealed box 59AVi in exchange for my floor model/demo 59AVi. So in the end I ended up with a brand new played for less than 50% MSRP.
After hooking up the i.Link and my component cables to my 56TXi and plugging it in and setting it up, I immediately tried the disks that gave me problems before and the played flawlessly.
I don't know if it's my mind playing tricks on me, but I'd swear the PQ was even better. I'd noticed a few situations with the previous 59 where there was blooming, outlining (like too much sharpness), and some grainy textures on certain images that are no longer present with the new 59 even though my display is calibrated correctly for sharpness, brightness, etc.
I love ABT! It pays to find a good retailer and stick with them.