Sony's 9000ES is the best picture I've seen. The build quality is excellent and it does pass the below black level IRE 0, when set up to do so. You can set the below black level to black (which might be the default--so you have to change it when you get your unit). While I haven't done a direct comparison to the others, I can say the picture quality on this unit is very impressive. I must also let you know that I do not use it in progressive scan as I use a Faroudja outboard processor that only accepts interlaced inputs (except for the bipass for HDTV).
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