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I've been valiantly searching for understanding about progressive scan/the squeeze and how/if my PQ would increase if I upgraded my current JVC 32260 to a digital set.. but just couldn't seem to find a determinative answer anywhere. I really wanted to know if I could expect significant PQ improvement by getting a set that could handle both the squeeze and progressive scan input.


Today, I yielded to temptation and picked up the Hitachi 32UDX10S from CC (~$1200) and thought I'd try it out at home. (I have about 10 days left on my JVC return window).


I set up the Hitachi with component cables and RCA audio from the RP91. I also did RCA from the TV audio out to my Onkyo 989. I have digital coax between the RP91 and the 989.


Next I calibrated the TV with both Avia and VE.. and found they were both in agreement. Brightness and contrast actually held up in both the small and large phluge tests (unlike the JVC which could not hold black between the two tests). Red was spot on, but blue was about -10% and green was around -15% on the decoder checks. (I find these difficult to do.. and I'm NOT colorblind).


The Hitachi has a very nice picture with both cable and DVD. Still, the JVC had a very nice PQ with both analog cable and the RP91 via component video cables.


I set the RP91 to 16:9 mode and also set the TV for 16:9. The aspect button on the TV remote lets me switch back and forth on the AR. (are these settings correct?)


The only DVD I had on hand which mentioned enhanced for 16:9 widescreen (1.77:1) was Toy Story.


To be honest, I'm not sure I can see any difference between progressive scan on and off. I just hit the PS button on the RP91 and about 3 seconds later the pic comes back up.


This is disappointing. I was hoping to really notice a difference with both progressive scan AND the squeeze. But my fear was that on a 32" screen, I'd not see enough difference to justify the cost differential. So unless I'm doing something wrong, I don't think it's worth it from what I've seen.


Have I got it all set up right? Is TS not a good sample to try this on?


I've also got James Taylor Beacon Hill concert in right now. But it doesn't say anything about being anamorphic. In fact, if I use the AR button to squeeze it down, the people are squished horizontally.


In TS, if I go full screen, faces seem elongated.. so I figure squeezed is the right AR.


I'm sure I'm missing something here, but I just don't know enough about this yet to figure it out.


Any thoughts?


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[This message has been edited by speedlever (edited 10-11-2001).]
 

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Stand by!


I just discovered that I can hook my RP91 to the JVC 32260 via S-video and at the same time watch the Hitachi using component cables with PS enabled!


Now I can compare not only the PQ with cable input, but now with DVD input!


Guess I'll now discover just how (in)accurate my memory may have been in comparing DVD/JVC std def vs DVD/Hitachi with PS & the squeeze!


I don't think I'll lose very much detail on the JVC using S-video over component cables. (I hope)




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