Originally Posted by girdnerg
It can't do 480i over HDMI. Unfortunately, using the ZOOM on your TV is your only option (without the 2x display). I'd leave it on your TV's native resolution (720P - 1080i) for the best possible PQ and ZOOM in on the TV. You're gonna get degraded PQ when zooming in whether on the DVD player or the TV. If the subtitles are displayed in the bottom letterbox, you'll loose them.
My TV has a full setting, which just stretches the sides to fill the 16X9. This leaves the top and bottom letterbox. The next step is called ZOOM which is almost perfect for 4X3 letterbox content. It still crops the image about an inch all around, but fills the screen.
Hope that helps,
Thanks, Rob. Figured as much.
When I really think about it, the only time this is truly an issue is when watching the "original" Star Wars Trilogy (ie--the kinda crappy unaltered laserdisc ports that came out last year)--which is prettty rare since I actually tend to prefer the "new" cuts more, believe it or not. The alien language subtitle stuff from SW and JEDI gets cut off when zooming the image from my TV, since they're in the lower section of the letterbox.
My old Panny changer zoomed w/o a constant on-screen icon and repositioned any subtitle info so that you could see it just fine. No go on both counts with the otherwise fine 75H. However, PQ of zoomed video (either with the 75H or the TV) is actually better via the Sony than the old player.
But, I've seen those flicks so much...well, I already know what Greedo says to Solo before he gets blasted (and DOESN'T shoot first