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KV32HS420 (4:3) vs. KV30HS420 (16:9)

AdamAnt
01-22-2006, 03:00 PM
Which is better and why? I am limited to a max. tv width of approx 35", which they both are. They're both HDTVs. I want to get the biggest screen I can, but am unsure how big of a deal it is to get either 4:3 or 16:9. I figure I'm going to get letter boxing or cropping either way. Opinions?

borromini
01-22-2006, 03:32 PM
16:9 TV all the way...it's the future as more and more programs switch to 16:9 HD.

Eddie501
01-22-2006, 03:34 PM
With the 16x9 version, you'll get a bigger picture on HDTV and DVD's. But regular SD will be a bit smaller since it's centered in the middle of the screen.

With the 4x3 model all HDTV and w/s DVD's will be letterboxed but you'll have the bigger picture on SD.

I'd recommend the 16x9 model as it's more future proof. As more HD channels are added, you'll regret having to watch that beautiful picture in a tiny little window of the square screen. I don't even understand why they make 4x3 HDTV's really.

kchapp
01-22-2006, 03:38 PM
16:9 without a doubt. All tghe true high def shows are already in that format. As already mentioned, that will be the standard for the future ones as well. I didn't think I'd like the widescreen , but now I can't imagine going back to 4:3

HydroSqueegee
01-23-2006, 07:43 AM
i actually bought and returned the KV32HS420 over the weekend. 16:9 programs were just too small. However, I did enjoy the 4:3 SD shows on the TV. Such a crisp clear picture.

AdamAnt
01-23-2006, 09:24 AM
HydroSqueegee,

Correct me if I'm wrong, but won't 16:9 programs be the same size on either the KV32HS420 or KV30HS420? They have the same screen width, but the KV32HS420 screen is taller. Wouldn't you just get horizontal letter boxing on the KV32HS420?

RSawdey
01-23-2006, 08:26 PM
Shop for TVs with speakers on the bottom instead of the sides, you'll get a much bigger image in your constrained space. And ONLY consider 16:9... a 32" LCD would fit, for example...

HydroSqueegee
01-24-2006, 09:54 AM
HydroSqueegee,

Correct me if I'm wrong, but won't 16:9 programs be the same size on either the KV32HS420 or KV30HS420? They have the same screen width, but the KV32HS420 screen is taller. Wouldn't you just get horizontal letter boxing on the KV32HS420?

yes. it is just letterboxed, but from 6 feet away, the picture just felt too small. It just a little squished too. Circles were slightly oval.

puck71
01-24-2006, 12:55 PM
HydroSqueegee,

Correct me if I'm wrong, but won't 16:9 programs be the same size on either the KV32HS420 or KV30HS420? They have the same screen width, but the KV32HS420 screen is taller. Wouldn't you just get horizontal letter boxing on the KV32HS420? I don't think they're exactly the same size. The width on the KV30HS420 is about a half inch more, which makes the KV32HS420 closer to a 29" widescreen than a 30". It's still really close, and perception is probably most of it (letterboxing makes it appear smaller)

RSawdey
01-25-2006, 09:56 AM
Rule of thumb for viewing distance is twice the diagonal... or, to say it the other way around, if you're viewing from 6' (72") you should have a set with a 36" diagonal or so... there are some very nice 37" LCD panels, or 32" if that won't fit... or at least look at the 34" CRTs...

Rick0725
01-25-2006, 01:02 PM
purchase the 16:9...I know of so many people that went the 4:3 route and either were dissapointed or returned the set for the other(including my parents). Future proof with no coulda, woulda or shoulda's.

Also take a look at the xs955 series SONY'S...not much more expensive...uses the same super fine pitch tubes as the top of the line xbr's. There is a noticeable difference in HD and the SD is improved...and that is a big deal , since you will be watching alot of SD during the transition.

Rick