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Does the Sony FW900 have the ability to correct the aspect ratio of 4:3 source material? Can it zoom a 4:3 letterbox source image to full screen?


If so, is it convenient to switch between stored modes & settings?


If you're using this monitor as your home theater display, do you like it?


-Bryce


http://www.ita.sel.sony.com/products.../gdmfw900.html

(Also known as the Sony GDM-FW900. Available from Dell for about $1700.00)
http://www.siimage.com/dvdo/iscanpro.asp

(iScan DVDO, a matching scan converter. I am aware that the new versions can perform the aspect ratio conversion themselves).
http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/Pi...2,2390,00.html

(Pioneer DV-440, a matching DVD player. Hopefully good :)
 

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Hi,

Welcome to the forum. I have a similar monitor - the Dell P1690 = Sony W900. Its been in the shop for almost 3 months due to the tech's inability to locate a service manual. I got my hands on one about 2 weeks ago and loaned it to the technician so I expect some verdict shortly.

I use it for personal viewing of DVDs software decoded from a HTPC. It looks great at high resolutions from a GeForce256 32MB with WinDVD 2.8. Can't wait to get it back so I can try it with a Radeon and "the new sheriff". I also use it for the occasional OTA HDTV broadcast from a DTC-100. I sometimes channel surf while watching it, but, usually prefer the 4x3 stuff on my standard definition Proton 27".

As I recall, the W900 and probably your FW900 has the usual size controls like any computer monitor, but, cannot Zoom like some HDTVs or store memories of image size like my 1270Q PJ. You may be able to get the effect you want, however, with the display controls of your STB. The DTC-100 offers a "fill" mode that zooms 4x3 material to a 16x9 (or in this case 16x10) display.

I like this monitor if I sit very close, say, 2-3 feet from it. Some say it offers the best resolution for HDTV and DVD short of the ultra-expensive Pro HDTV monitors.


Mark Haskins
 
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