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4.3 vs 16.9 ratio

by mdj / October 16, 2004 7:38 AM PDT

I have an old hitachi CRT projection from 1991 which i like. I only use basic cable. I want to replace it for now with a 60 inch or 46 inch and want what i have now picture wise. No bars etc. I do not have HDTV nor digital cable but would consider upgrading to that(digital) i Just want the big picture of news etc. If i bought a tv just with 4,3 ratio would i just get what i have now??? Its stupid since the HDTV signal is not here yet nor there is barely any programs in that format plus its a cable money maker. I just want my basic cable and a big picture with no bars and flattened bodies. Any ideas. In Connecticut

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Re: 4.3 vs 16.9 ratio
by Art / October 17, 2004 3:16 AM PDT
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I really have not pay much attention but do they still make big screen tv in 4:3 format? Other than plasma, I don't think you have to worry about burned-in problem; I know you don't have to worry about it with DLP. I think most tv will be able to zoom in so that the black bar isn't there (I don't like the look but it's there).

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Re: 4.3 vs 16.9 ratio
by SRenn / October 17, 2004 3:49 AM PDT
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You can get a 4:3 rear proj. but when you view some HD material (16:9 standard) you will be in the same situation but with letterbox style bars. Most all 16:9 displays allow you to manipulate the image to fill the screen with picture. I don't recall which tv's do it but some allow you to stretch the image width ways but most of the stretching occurs on the outside edges (keeping the newscaster in the center looking normal). It is almost invisible. I wish there were a perfect set out there, but since we are in a transition of old standard to new standard, it is going to be a while. It's because of the cost to the broadcasters to change all of their equipment and most homes still have 4:3 tv's. Hopefully in 5 years or so this will have changed greatly. The question is "what are you willing to live with for the next several years?"

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Re: 4.3 vs 16.9 ratio
by mdj / October 17, 2004 3:59 AM PDT
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I know it kills me how everyone is pushing these HDTVs and the programming etc is not fully here yet. People think when they buy a big TV they are getting a big picture like the 4:3. All i can say is I'm glad I have done my research. I may buy a 4.3 TV for now then when prices are down and More HDTV is around I'll upgrade.

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