Originally Posted by Dan Miller
I have never seen black bars that aren't absolute black.
Remember that all of these formats (MPEG, VC1, H264, etc) are designed at their core to reduce bit space. When there are black bars in a film, they aren ignored by the codec. Generally when you look at the data stream (and this is particularly true of HD formats), you will see something like a resolution of 1920 x 812 in a 1.78 aspect ratio. The black bars are generated by the player.
Well can you at least tell me if the blanking has enough to overlay the 2.35 or 2.40 black bars.
I have done this with many projectors before and the lumagen HDP when I had it.
I was the actual person that brought it up to Pat at lumagen, and is why we have it today with their VP's.
Every single time it made the "black" Bars Darker.
And this was over a long period of time in witch I had plenty of different players.
I, as stated, no longer have the lumagen HDP, and I'm sure the Marantz Blanking feature will still produce Darker Black boarders if it has the capability.
You can try it yourself if you want.
Pick any movie with a very dark scene in it, Pause the movie with out the blanking, then with, and you will see the "Bars" get darker. Making the dark scenes POP a lot more.
I guess if I don't get an answer I'll just find out myself next weekend when I actually own the unit.