Quick update on my quest to get back my 318 and a revelation previously unknown about my tv.
First off, Gochnauers has not emailed me back with a price (dont know how it works, but the site said to email for price) I sent him an email at 8:45 this morning Easterntime, stating my interest in the unit and asking if it had the old firmware. I'm so lost and confused, I'm not used to dealing with these "mail order" types of online shopping. I'm thinking of going with dynadirect, anybody agree? its still less than MSRP, and they have a better return policy I guess. I'll wait till morning and see if anybody replies stating otherwise.
I'm still assuming that the firmware implemented models are not yet available correct???? Its getting dangerously close, and i'm scrambling to get my much desired unit.
I just now remembered that on the back of the 318, labeled under the component connections it states 480,720 and 1080. I dont think they would go thru all the trouble of advertising 1080 upconversion on the back, if it was only gonna work with a handful of dvds. But thats just my opinion.
Now the new "revelation" about my tv is actually something that i completely forgot. I'm sure some people have similar types of projection tv's that did the same thing (I think Sony is/was a major advertiser of such a feature) but my 55 inch sharpvision can upconvert a 480i signal to 1080i (or 480p). So I guess in theory it does what the zenith dvd player does as well? Which one was/will be doing the upconversion when playing a dvd (tv or dvd player) I have no way of figuring this out. I dont want to have it done twice and lose picture quality over it. but i guess theres nothing i can do. Is there really a need for me to be getting my much desired zenith unit back? if my tv supposedly does upconversion already? The picture did look better, but was it the zenith, or did my tv have a hand in this as well? does the tv's upscaling feature get disable when fed an already 1080 signal?
Eitherway, I'm still interested the most in knowing if the shipment of disabled upconversion thru component units are out yet? Any ideas when? I take it that nobody has gotten one yet. Any theories on how its gonna come about? perhaps a unit drought (out of stock everywhere) then availability late next month or something?