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PN50A450 w/ HT-Z515 home theater w/Motorola DCH3200 cbl box

I have a HDMI cbl going from hm theater to tv and also a HDMI cbl going from cbl box to regarding the optical cable, is it best to go from the cable box to the tv OR from the home theater to the tv OR from the theater to the cbl box? I think either way will work but what is the difference?

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16:9 format

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also I have another question. when i look at standard format channels I get a full screen on my PN50A450 but when I look at HD channels I get the black bars at the top and bottom of screen. It should not be like that correct??? I went into menu on tv and I have 16:9 format set. I also have 16:9 format set on my comcast cable box and I also played with settings on cbl box and changed resolution from 720p to 1080i and that still didnt chg anything. can someone help please?? also if I remember correctly I could access JUST SCAN feature on picture menu screen and that seemed to adjust picture fine BEFORE i hooked up cable box but now since I have box connceted JUST SCAN is greyed out so

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Aspect Ratio

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It depends on the broadcast signal.

While some films note that they are 16:9 "widescreen edition", there are variances in the aspect ratio, particularly for movies. That is, "Flavors" of widescreen, if you will.

There are two "standardized" ratios that are by far the most common: Academy Flat (or "Flat") (1.85:1) and
Anamorphic Scope (2.35:1).

Here's a picture of them:

Now, depending on how they are broadcast by the provider (broadcasts often transmit the picture as it is, regardless of aspect ratio), that's how your television will receive it. You may want to use the "stretch" modes while watching, but the television is displaying the picture (with black lines and all) because it is being broadcast that way.

Just Scan allows you to see the full image without any cutoff when HDMI (720p, 1080i/p) or Component (1080i/1080p) is used. Any combination that doesn't match resolution/cable in either of these formats will disable the ability to enable Just Scan.

I hope that helps explain your scenarios. Let me know if you have any further questions, and I'll be happy to help.

Thanks for purchasing a Samsung.


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Depends on how you'll listen....

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I would think in most applications, the best approach would be to go from your cable box to your surround sound system. The exception to that would be if you preferred to listen to the television through the TV speakers. Considering you have a surround sound system, that would be the route I recommend.

Cable box > Surround sound


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thanks for your assistance.

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