Originally Posted by dildatonr
Unless your display has the option to format it that way. Some displays won't let you adjust aspect for HD signals. My Sammy HLS6187 does allow aspect changes to HD inputs though. I haven't gotten my 875 yet - but I assume it shouldn't be an issue for me and my time warner 8300HD. My DVR does have passthrough options as well.
My Pioneer 5080 will reformat stretched 4:3 content, but there are two problems with that. First, my TV switches into "Auto" mode every time I tune an HD channel. When I go back to an SD channel, it's stretched again. I wish my remote had a 4:3 button instead of having to repeatedly press the Size button.
Second, stretching it with the Reon then resizing it with my TV results in an extra scaling operation that degrades the picture somewhat. It partially defeats one of the best features of the Reon.
If and when Onkyo decides to add a video options menu to a future firmware release, the main feature I'll be looking for is the ability to preserve 4:3 aspect ratio and to control whether the pillar boxes are black or gray.
Also, I'm really confused about why some people don't have this problem. What the hell is the significant difference in the sytems that scale correctly?