I'm ready to buy plasma, but the more I read about the subject, more confused I am. I want to be ready for HDTV broadcast so I decided to get an HD compatible model. I also watch a lot of DVDs so I want to get 16:9 aspect ratio. Since I don't feel like spending extra cash on 50" (1366x768) I'm thinking about Pioneer 434HDE. Here is the problem though: Every reseller posts this plasma's specs as 16:9, 1024 by 768. Unless there is something wrong with my math , 1024x768 ratio is exactly 4:3 not 16:9!!! This creates another question. This plasma looks "widescreen", yet with 4:3 ratio should be more like a traditional TV square. Does that mean that pixels are stretched? Am I missing something here??? With current DVD ratios of 2.35:1 will I get huge black bars just as with my regular analog CRT?