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16/9 vs 4/3

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by spiider, Jul 4, 2004.

  1. spiider

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    Why so many programs still being broadcast in 4/3.... what is everyone doing with their 42" screens ?

    Black bar at the side or monster faces ?

    This is really something that is putting me off.....
     
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    Dark grey side bars for me - I just hate watching distorted pictures. :mad:

    Steve
     
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    Anyone seen those 4/3 plasma screens ?

    Pioneer pdp-v402e and Hitachi CMP307XU ? They are not easy to find even on the web....
     
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    Dutch, on your 43" screen when in 4/3 mode how big is the picture ? 28" ?
     
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    Hi spiider,

    It's 35" diagonal.

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    The opposite (if you will) of what people with 4x3 screens are doing with widescreen images.........

    There's little doubt that more and more material will be widescreen, going forwards. The question, then, when choosing a screen shape is

    The inevitable black bars are going to be either above and below, or either side. Which is worse?

    ...and, are you buying a new screen with an eye looking towards

    (a) the next
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    five years?
     
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    I just watch everything in 16:9 on my Panny PWD6. Doesn't really bother me watching streched images.

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    nigel, good point... I think it's fair to say that 16/9 is the future... and agreed with you u get the back bar on top with a 4/3 screen... or you loose 1/3 of the pic if you zoom.... I think a 16/9 for the living room and 4/3 for the bedroom is a good compromise :)
     
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    If you live in a good reception area, then I'd suggest a 16x9 LCD with onboard Freeview for bedroom use........
     
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    BTW nobody makes a 4:3 plasma any more, you'll never find one for sale on our side of the pond. You can get quite big LCD's of course, but at a price. Designers, architects etc use them. But as Nigel says, watching 16:9 on a 4:3 is probably more annoying than the other way about. If you stretch that to fit, everyone looks like those aliens in Close Encounters, as opposed to the genuinely useful side effect of stretching, which gives Ally Mcbeal sex appeal.
     

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