I just bought the A-35 and have a question about the video upscaling (or upconverting, i don't know which).
First up, this is my setup:
TV/Monitor: 22" Westinghouse monitor that supports upto 1680x1050 (which works out to 16:10 asp ratio)
Receiver: Onkyo 805
HD player: Toshiba A-35 (firmware 1.1/1.1)
DVD player: Philips DVP 5960
Connections: All are in HDMI, except the onkyo-to-monitor which is through a hdmi-dvi cable
When I turned on all the equipment, the A-35 setup had the following defaults: TV size was 16:9 and the resolution was set to "upto 1080i".
I popped in an Eagles concert dvd which is recorded in 4:3 format into the A-35 and the picture comes out with black-bars on the left and right side of the screen. I wanted to get rid of the bars, so after reading an earlier post in this thread, I went back and changed the TV size to 4:3. The picture now fills the entire screen without the black bars. Now, whenever I play content recorded in widescreen format, I have to go back and change the TV size to 16:9. There's my first question... how do I avoid going back and forth on the tv size based on what dvd I'm playing?
Until now, I've been using my Philips upconverting player in this same setup and it fills up the screen appropriately without me having to change the TV size back and forth. The same 4:3 Eagles dvd or a widescreen dvd both show up as expected, without the black bars. The TV is always setup as 16:9 in the philips and the resolution set to 720p.
So my second question is, I guess I understand what's going on inside the philips player... it knows the native asp. ratio on the TV is 16:9 so its circuit does what is necessary based on the content - and always trying to fill up the monitor. But what about the Toshiba? Why do I need to setup my 16:9 monitor as a 4:3 size, to get rid of the black bars when playing 4:3 content?