Originally Posted by RTROSE
Good to know. Thank you. What was the reason why you did not keep it, and what was your opinion regarding the upscaling of the player?
Well, its upscaling is average - nothing to write home about. Still, its fine and totally within the range of most other players in that price category. The main thing that bugged me about this player (and the Elite DV-49AV I tried after) is that the gamma is screwed up when you use an HDMI cable. Way too dark and colors have a bit of a yellowish cast. Even after setting the gamma a couple of notches down to correct it and calibrating the set with a color meter it still didn't look right to me. I tried a Toshiba XDE-600 and it was light night and day. The IQ was more correct (colors, gamma) and after calibration the set look great on those settings - even with broadcast channels. Couldn't say the same with either Pioneer's calibration settings. Once I went back to broadcast TV the colors looked off with their settings.
This is all based on using an HDMI cable. Hooked up component cables and the yellowish cast and screwed up gamma weren't there. Plus the Toshiba has issues with not displaying 4:3 aspect ration material without stretching (and the only way to fix that is to set the HDMI resolution to 480p - my set can't pillar box). There's always some problem with any player it seems!
I will say this, the Pioneers had great audio quality - best I've seen in that price range.