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16:9 or 4:3 ratio

12-13-2004, 08:18 PM
I went into Curcuit City the other day and took some measurements of a 34 inch widescreen HDTV and a 36 inch 4:3 HDTV (BOX) and found out that when both are displaying a HD signal, the 34 inch is only an half a inch wider and three qaurters of a inch higher than the 36 inch HDTV.Why should'nt I get the 36 inch set and get the best of both worlds, widescreen on HD and 4:3 on analog staitions. Thanks for all responses.

12-13-2004, 09:04 PM
Here's a neat website to compute tv dimensions here (http://www.cavecreations.com/tv2.cgi)

It's pretty much personal preference, but what models were you looking at and comparing? Maybe you could narrow it down to which has more features and bang for the buck. There's some overscan on widescreen dvd's/shows with 4:3 tv's, but vertical compression does help that a bit.

12-16-2004, 02:57 PM
When watching stuff in SD the advantages to 4:3 are that there are no bar's to the left or right or stretching or having to zoom in. You end up using the entire 36' screen.

When watching stuff on HD the disadvantages are that the screen shriks to about the size of a 34' with bars on the top and bottom. Some people find it annoying but it isn't that bad. Another problem is that if you watch stuff in 16:9 mode ALL THE TIME and have the bars at the top and bottom over a long period of time you run the risk of getting "burn in".

Another thing to look out for is a zoom or stretch feature either on the TV itself or your HD receiver. You'll need it to change the dispay as different progams transmit different picture types.

For instance some shows in HD will have bars on the top, bottom, left & right on a 4:3 TV. That's why it's important to have a zoom or stretch feature.

I was in the same situation...long story short: ever since I got HD I wish I bought a bigger TV. If space & price isn't an issue go bigger than 34'. I currently have a 36' 4:3 TV and it's great, don't get me wrong! You're right you get the best of both worlds if you're in the market for a 34' 16:9 TV.

Some will argue that you'd be wasting your time getting a 4:3 but it really depends on your viewing habbits.