After comparing the 960 to the xs955, I have to say the 960 comes out better. I also watch a lot of Laserdisc, and even with the smaller 4:3 window the 960 has the better image.The images come across as slightly sharper, brighter and clearer overall-and the 960 lets me adjust the DRC palette whereas the 955 for some unknown stupid reason does not. Thus the 955 always appears noisy and pixelated in comparison.
Ironically, after doing overscan adjustments, when I set 4:3 letterboxed content to zoom mode on the 960, it again looks BETTER than the 955. When you use such a zoom mode on 4:3 I'd have thought it would cause artifacts or slight resolution loss but it doesn't seem to at all.
Both have aliasing issues which I presume comes from the DRC. I am correct in thinking that there is no way to disable this, nor a particular correct way to set it so that the video is untouched?
I'm limited to SD tests anyway as the HDMI on the 955 is apparently shot and doesn't work at all.