On the other hand, the 444 is a solid and excelent player in interlaced mode. My experience with the Malata was pretty bad, as it got unexpectedly hot after an hour of playing, after which I couldn't play anything. As for image quality, there are better players out there. The picture of the Malata is very soft with no "blacks" ... A very unstable player.
Let me chime in. Tully probably had a dud player. The Malata does its job very well and is actually built quite decently to boot. No one on this forum has ever complained about the Malata overheating or that it had a soft image. My Malata throws a fabulous progressive picture out of an LT150 projector. It rivals my Panasonic RP56 in every way except in the area of video source de-interlacing where the Panasonic has the edge due to its Sage-Faroudja chip. For film source materials, I cannot see any difference between the two players, and both of them are a bit better than the more expensive (though older) Toshiba 5109 which I also tested and returned.
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