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Does anybody use ZOOM mode or do you just stick to 16:9 mode

Discussion in 'TVs' started by dUnKle, Dec 13, 2001.

  1. dUnKle

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    Just wandered what people tend to use
     
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
     
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    I use the 'zoom' mode for non-anamorphic WS material.
    I would of thought most WS owners do.
     
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    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,
     
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    Mine stays in 4:3 mode as default and only goes wide with anamorphic widescreen.
     
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    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.

    cheers
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Toshiba have dropped the smart/auto-size mode on their latest models.
     
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    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.

    stephen
     
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    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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