I can't believe that I found this, but I did.
I just got an HDMI capable display, and I remembered that there was some really cool HDMI setting suggestions earlier in this thread. Post 1242 to be exact (although I need to see if there's anything else).
Rob- Could you add this to the 1st post, the way that you have the Black info (#348) and the firmware check, etc?
Thanks! Very useful thread even to some of us longtime owners!
Quick sidenote is that I'm still looking for the "last, best SD DVD player" for myself. (I've posted before that I'm going to sit out HD-DVD and Blu-ray until it's clear that there's a winner, or if either one actually becomes a mass market force.) I've already knocked the Denon 5910 off the list (too expensive), the 79AVi (the 59AVi is a better video player), the Yamaha 2500 (MB), and the Onkyo 1000 (lip sync, and I remember problems with blacker than black and green push mentioned; 3910 is also gone because of comments about the green, and reliability). Really, the last one is the Marantz 9600. So the 1st thought is now I'm getting nervous that with all of the info we have to best calibrate the 59AVi, that I could get a "better" player, but that I might not be able to calibrate it to its fullest.
The 2nd thought is that, the 9600 is actually based on the 59AVi, so I wonder if the best settings here would work for that player too?