Discussion in 'General TV Discussions Forum' started by dUnKle, Dec 13, 2001.
Just wandered what people tend to use
From reading various reviews in magazines it would appear that some televisions zoom modes are better than others.
On my 32" JVC I tend to leave it in auto most of the time which uses the stretch panoramic mode for most 4:3 broadcasts.
This is quite good on the JVC except when there are large central close ups of people and the heads can get a little overbearing.
4:3 mode isn't very good due too poor geometry which I have improved but not perfected. I don't use this mode but some news items default to it.
If transmitted in 4:3, the TV is pre set at Pan (14:9), if it is transmitted at 14:9 I may just zoom to 16:9(the non anamorphic one). The only time I do not do this if there is a lot of close ups as I hate head cropping (similar to Ian J), only thing sometimes on sat it gets rid of the annoying station logo. Else wise I just let it run on automatic.
Ruby quartz shades.
If its 16x9 I use 16x9 funnily enough.
If its 4x3 I use 4x3.
If its letterboxed 4x3 I use zoom.
I don't use RF reception so have never required a 14x9 mode.
I use the 'zoom' mode for non-anamorphic WS material.
I would of thought most WS owners do.
I dont, I have my set kept almost permanatly in 16:9 mode, watch very little TV and DVDs only.
DVDs that dont fill the screen and just leave black bars at top and bottom then I still watch in 16:9 mode,
Mine stays in 4:3 mode as default and only goes wide with anamorphic widescreen.
Mine´s set to Panoramic all the time but will automatically switch to 16:9 Full for dvds.
I dont use 4:3 as the geometry isn´t too good (JVC WFX1).
I also dont use any zoom modes.
I never use the "smart" (or whatever) mode ie the one which unevenly distorts a 4x3 image to fill a 16x9 screen.
I use wide for anamorphic material (DVD or DVB)
I use 4x3 for 4x3 material
I use zoom for letterboxed (non-anamorphic) material.
In other words, I use the CORRECT mode for every signal type.
Have to agree with Nigel.
They are the CORRECT modes.
Although 4:3 for non-anamorphic LB material is an alternative if you have a large enough screen.
'Smart' mode is a complete waste of time and can't see anyone other than TV retailers for using it.
I use zoom for letter box wide screen. 'Wide' for anamorphoc DVD whether 16:9 or more (less?).
For RF TV I usually use the Super Live mode which on the Tosh 36ZP you can stretch in 2 dimensions to get a halfway house between zoom and the equivalent of 'Just' on Panny TV's. I find this is good for most things unless there are subtitles or info banners. Then I tend to go for 4:3 or 14:9. It depends what I'm watching. Most sport I watch in whatever ratio it is broadcast.
Toshiba have dropped the smart/auto-size mode on their latest models.
I keep mine (Panasonic 32pk2) on auto most of the time, auto being set to 4:3. This ensures that widescreen switching is automatic when watching DTT, asuming the broadcast is in anamorphic widescreen. If the material is broadcasting in 16:9 letter box on analogue or digital it will automatically zoom as appropriate. The only time I set it manually to 16:9 is for games as I have yet to encounter one yet that sends the wss when selecting the widescreen display from the games setup menu. The only anoyence I have is when digital broadcasts are in 14:9, why?, as my tv does not have 14:9 mode.
I have 14:9 mode on my TV but have never had cause to use it.
Even if some programmes are in 14:9, I have found that 16:9 takes care of it OK.
What are the benefits of having 14:9 mode on a TV?
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