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I have a friend who just got a 55809 and is complaining about the black bars on 1.85:1 material. I personally wish I could see black bars on that aspect ratio because of my televisions excessive overscan (entirely to hard to adjust).


I've told him about the loss of some of the image on the left and right but he still wants 1.85:1 material to not have black bars.


Does anyone know how to adjust the overscan percentage on this particular Mitsubishi model?
 

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I find it extremely doubtful that he is seeing black bars on 1.85:1 material if his DVD player is set up properly. Double check that his DVD player is set up for a 16:9 display and that he is using STANDARD mode to watch anamorphic 1.85:1 movies or EXPAND to wach non-anamorphic letterboxed movies.


As shipped, most Mitsubishi's have overscan at 4-5% top and bottom and 6-8% on the sides so black bars on 1.85:1 material should not be visible.
 

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Thanks for the advise. I'll be sure to ask him tomorrow at work. He is infact a novice to home theater. Previous he could not get Rush Hour 2 to play the DTS track. I later found out he hadn't "turned on" DTS output on his player.
 

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Well his Denon DVM-3700 DVD Player was infact not set to the 16:9 aspect ratio. However; upon setting it correctly, the black bars on 1.85:1 material remained. The television is correctly set to Standard Mode too. His overscan must be between 1% and 3%. I personally wouldn't mind it at all but he wants 1.85:1 material to fill the screen.


Anyone know how to access the WS-55809's service menu and if so: is the overscan easily adjustable?
 

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The codes are 0157 and 0159. You have to hit the Menu button and make sure "Setup" is highlighted ( first on on top)before you enter the codes.


I would suggest you do some reading before messing with the service menu.


Everything you need to know is here............

Link...


There's no better place to find info on the Mits sets.


Deborah
 

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Adjusting the overscan is not difficult, but there are things to watch out for. While there are parameters for height and width, there are also warnings in the service manuals about not adjusting the height parameters too much (with specific value ranges to stay within). Probably won't be a problem in this case, but you really should research it and know what you are doing.


Also, adjusting the centering/height/width, will introduce geometry and convergence issues so be prepared to address that also. Again do your research, read all the warnings carefully and make sure you write down initial values before changing anything so you can hopefully get back if you mess something up.
 

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Thank you both for the information. Also, from carefully adjusting my own set, I completely understand and aprreciate your warnings and research suggestions too.


I will pass along the information. However, I'm still going to try to tell him the very thin black bars on 1.85:1 material really isn't THAT bad.


Furthermore, he told be he was using another of the television's viewing modes to "Zoom" in on 1.85:1 material (the mode isn't called Zoom though) and I explain the disadvantages of having to do that: like croping material from the left and right sides; and top/bottom too.
 
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