Hi everybody! Now I have finally gotten a standalone DVD player, after having used a Hollywood Plus card, a PlayStation2 and an Xbox for playing DVD's and gotten tired of each for obvious reasons. So I bought a standalone DVD player, one that I can afford at this time. Namely a Philips DVD737. The only thing so far that puzzles me is the black level. Assuming that everything else I connect through RGB (PlayStation2, Xbox, Dreamcast, DTV receiver) has a black level of 0V (50Hz output), the DVD737 has a black level above normal. Black is dark gray. And the question I have is if it is normal for a Philips DVD player, because I have a theory and I think I've heard about this stuff before. My theory is that since PAL does not have any black pedestal, blacker-than-black is illegal by the standard. Yet, the DVD737 passes PLUGE. And added together, I think the black level is set above normal to allow passing PLUGE without going below 0V. How useful is it not to be able pass PLUGE, so that one can very precisely compensate for the error in black level caused by the ability to pass PLUGE? Genius. There is no menu option to change this though, because the menu is stupified. Philips believe that makes it easier to manage for people in general, yet they don't hesitate to call the Dolby Surround downmix option Lt/Rt. I know exactly what that means, but most people wouldn't, and so I think it's lame of Philips not to dare add a black level adjustment. I might be wrong, but what would I not give to have absolute control of my player. Aside from money that I don't have, I mean. I have another question too. Philips say they use a '4x Upsampling Filter'. Is that their way of saying they're using a 54MHz video encoder? I would be surprised if they did in a player this cheap, but maybe I'm still living in 1999.