Originally Posted by uliving
You guys are way over my head on the BTB thing....
What I take from what Larry is saying re: BTB is that if you plan on using a digital
display device calibrated to ISF or DVE black levels
, it's not going to make a visible difference if the player passes blacker than black or not. If the DVD has below black information encoded on it, you're not going to see it, whether the player passes it or not, because you've adjusted your display to the industry standard for black level that most DVD's adhere to. Anything blacker than standard black will be 'crushed'.
If, like me, this is the way you choose to go, the Sony 975 would be fine, assuming you can find one. It's also an upconverter, and I agree with Larry that you might want to try it's built-in 720p upconversion before spending big bucks on an external scaler that may only offer a subtle improvement in picture quality for a much higher cash outlay.
If, on the other hand, you either plan to use a CRT-based projector, or to adjust your digital projector so that industry standard 100% blacks are really charcoal gray instead, than you may see more shadow detail on some DVD's with a player that allows BTB information to pass to your display device. (I used to adjust my plasma display blacks to charcoal grey, but have since come to prefer seeing black as truly
black.) Well-regarded and relatively inexpensive 720P upconverters that do pass BTB (but not 480i digital) that come to mind include the Oppo 971H (connected via DVI), the Panny S97 and the Denon 1900.