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15:9 or 16:9 - does it matter much ?

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by Nick_UK, May 31, 2005.

  1. Nick_UK

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    I would like to get a cheap LCD screen for the dining room, but some of the smaller screens I've noticed are only 15:9. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so would I notice ? I've been looking at the VideoSeven range, but only the 32" screen is 16:9, all the others are 15:9.
     
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    Nick, I am not expert in such matters but I would say it does matter. I have a feeling that some of the 15:9 screens crop the image at the sides (think a lot of overscan on the picture) If your not bothered by this then go ahead, personal it would annoy the hell out of me :) but then I got very obsesive about correcting the overscan on my Viera plasma which is an actual 16:9 display :)
     
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    Usually anything less than 27" LCD size are 15:9
     
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    Hi had a Acer 2671 and it was a 15:9 I found that a widescreen image was squashed in making everyone look thinner. Didn't like this effect. I would have preferred if the image was cropped slightly at either side.
     
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    You should surely watch for image squashing.
    I think more 15:9 TVs are squashing the image than cropping it.
    Of course it looks awful, but hey, look at the way they stretch a 4:3 image to fill the screen!
    It seems that either manufacturers don't care about image distortion, or they know that the majority of their customers don't care.
     
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    Nick, it depends what you use it for. Like yonderblue mentioned most LCDs under 27" are 15:9 but if you're purely going to be watching TV with the occasional DVD use then this shouldn't be much of a problem as most TV programs are now broadcast in 14:9. It's mainly DVDs that are true 16:9 widescreen.
     
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    More 26" TV's are now becoming 16:9.... eg Sharp and New Samsungs
     
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    I think you've got that around the wrong way ! Only terrestrial broadcasts are 14:9 - most of the stuff on Sky and Freeview is 16:9. DVD's can be anything, it really depends on the source material.

    Thanks for the replies so far. I think I would notice a squeezed picture. If the picture was cropped at the edges, I might be able to live with that. I still haven't made up my mind what to get, so any further suggestions/comments would be welcomed.
     
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    I thought all terrestrial broadcasts was 4:3 and you only get 16:9 or 15:9 from digital channels like BBC using a freeview box or sky? Or is it 14:9 from digital channels?
     
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    Sorry Nick you're quite right. What I meant to say was analogue broadcast are mostly in 14:9. Most digital signals are now in 16:9, some foreign broadcast still in 4:3. And DVDs, like you say can be anything whilst most movies tend to be at least 16:9 or 2.35:1
     

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