Originally Posted by teddyc23
Unfortunitely, Bud-man I don't have a CC nearby, but I do plan on ordering it. Thank you everyone for your help, although the "lecture" on how I should and shouldn't watch my movies was uncalled for.
I just started reading this thread today and also wanted to chime in to say that I am looking for the same thing as Teddy, here. I have a Westinghouse LVM-37w1 1080p LCD screen which I love. However, as with all LCDs the black is not perfect. Watching a 2.39:1 movie with black bars on the top and bottom seems (for me personally at least) to accentuate non-perfect-blackness of the screen. Expanding the movie (while maintaining the same pixel aspect ratio) to fill the screen makes for a much more pleasant viewing experience for me, and I am willing to put up with the loss of the extreme left and right sides of the image.
Like Teddy, I do not enjoy being told I have been brainwashed, or lectured on the heretical dangers of (GASP!) altering the movie from the way the director intended it. The director is not a god, and this is not a sacred text we are talking about...it's a movie made for entertainment purposes. To assume that one's personal viewing preferences should be shared by the rest of the world is both ignorant and arrogant. Having been involved in 3D immersive graphics visualization for many years now, I can assure you that there is a huge variation in the way that people's visual systems process information, and that different people are sensitive to different things. No one viewing solution fits all. That's why it is so great that we live in a world that offers so many choices.
I am disappointed to hear that the S97S does not do the zoom well. It is one of the players I have been lusting after. Panasonic and Samsung (with "EZ-View") are the only two brands that seemed to have some feature that enables getting rid of the black space on > 16:9 movies. The Oppo has zoom factors that will allow you to do this, for example, but when I asked Oppo customer support about it, they admitted that when zooming, the player does not push the image through the DCDi chip, so image quality is substantially degraded. I was really impressed with the quick, accurate response from Oppo and their honesty, and am sad that thier information kept me from buying their product.
I also would very much like to hear other people's experiences with the S52 and zooming. I am waiting for the Samsung DVD-HD960 player to come out (Faroudja DCDi with 1080p output for my 1080p LVM-37w1...although I am not completely conviced that 1080p coming out of the player would make much difference since the 37w1 has what seems to be an excellent inverse 3:2 pulldown). If the HD960 comes to a big box store near me, I may just buy it and the S52 and do a head-to-head comparison.