Originally Posted by dsmith901
I seldom play DVDs on my EH55 (almost never in fact) but I am pretty sure it is set to show WS DVDs in WS when set to 16:9 output, so I don't see the difference. Now if the EH59/69 would RECORD in WS - that would be cool? Does it? Also, where would one buy a EH59/69 in the US?
I am talking about the DVDs I record on my EH55. It will record a signal that it is given, as is. That means if I give it an anamorphic compressed signal, it will play back WS on a WS television set to stretch, but it will play back full screen on a 4:3 television, and everyone will look too tall and thin. The EH59/69 WS bit I am referring to will, if properly set, honor the television aspect ratio chosen on any DVD player, so on a 16:9 set, you get full screen proper aspect, and on a 4:5 set, you get letterboxed output, again, proper aspect ratio. If you record a 4:5 program, it will be full screen on a 4:5 set, but pillar boxed on a 16:9 set, again through any DVD player. The EH55 is not capable of setting this WS flag.
Since it is standard DVD, it will not actually record in WS. It is limited to composite and S-Video inputs, which are 480i. That's all the original DVD standard really defines, so everything else is an extension.
At the mpoment, the best place to get an EH59/69 is B&H, where as of today, they had a used EH69 for less than a new EH59 (the EH59 is currently not in stock). If you want new, I always recommend B&H, J&R and World-Import. Oddly, B&H does not currently have the EH59, and J&R does not have either of these in stock, but they are on order. W-I is harder to tell since the web site does not specifically say if they are in stock or not. There are other companies to buy from, but these three *I* have bought from and can say that they each have come through for me.