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01312005, 07:39 PM  #1 
I Want My HDTV
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FYI...Wide Screen Dimensions
Hi:
I just started looking around for a new HD wide screen. I was having trouble figuring out how the dimensions of the 16:9 widescreens would compare to the standard 4:3 screens...what I wanted to get for screen size and what would fit well in my room (they always look smaller in the store!). I came up with a chart of screen dimensions (NOT cabinet dimensions)...I thought maybe someone else could use it too. Peace, Rick Screen Dimensions for 16:9 Aspect Ratio WideScreen Tv: 26" = 12.7 (H) x 22.7 (W)..........288.3 (sq.in.) 27" = 13.2 (H) x 23.5 (W)..........310.2 (sq.in.) 30" = 14.7 (H) x 26.1 (W)..........383.7 (sq.in.) 32" = 15.7 (H) x 27.9 (W)..........438.0 (sq.in.) 34" = 16.7 (H) x 29.6 (W)..........494.3 (sq.in.) 37" = 18.1 (H) x 32.2 (W)..........582.8 (sq.in.) 40" = 19.6 (H) x 34.9 (W)..........684.0 (sq.in.) 42" = 20.6 (H) x 36.6 (W).........754.0 (sq.in.) 43" = 21.1 (H) x 37.5 (W)..........791.2 (sq.in.) 44" = 21.6 (H) x 38.3 (W)..........827.3 (sq.in.) 45" = 22.1 (H) x 39.2 (W)..........866.3 (sq.in.) 46" = 22.6 (H) x 40.1 (W)..........906.3 (sq.in.) 47" = 23.0 (H) x 41.0 (W)..........943.0 (sq.in.) 50" = 24.5 (H) x 43.6 (W)..........1068.2 (sq.in.) 51" = 25.0 (H) x 44.5 (W)..........1112.5 (sq.in.) 52" = 25.5 (H) x 45.3 (W)..........1155.1 (sq.in.) 53" = 26.0 (H) x 46.2 (W)..........1201.2 (sq.in.) 55" = 27.0 (H) x 47.9 (W)..........1293.3 (sq.in.) 56" = 27.5 (H) x 48.8 (W)..........1342.0 (sq.in.) 57" = 27.9 (H) x 49.7 (W)..........1386.6 (sq.in.) 60" = 29.4 (H) x 52.3 (W)..........1537.6 (sq.in.) 61" = 29.9 (H) x 53.2 (W)..........1590.7 (sq.in.) 62" = 30.4 (H) x 54.0 (W)..........1641.6 (sq.in.) 65" = 31.9 (H) x 56.7 (W)..........1808.7 (sq.in.) 70" = 34.3 (H) x 61.0 (W)..........2092.3 (sq.in.) 
02012005, 08:42 PM  #2 
HDTV  it is your destiny
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that's great,
Thanks! 
02072005, 09:45 AM  #3 
High Definition is the definition of life.
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Thanks for the work
Thanks!!! It's good to know what kind of viewing area you have.
I was trying to figure out screen demensions too, but how do the height and widths of a 4:3 set compare to a 16:9 set. I wanted to make sure I didn't loose and hight compared to my old 32 inch TV. Here is what I came up with. For a Standard 4:3 screen: Width = Diagonal X 0.8 Height = Diagonal X 0.6 SO, a 32 inch 4:3 screen is 25.6 inches wide and 19.2 tall. For a 16:9 Widescreen: Width = Diagonal X 0.87157552765421 Height = Diagonal X 0.490261259680549 SO, a 43 inch 16:9 screen is 36.6 inches wide and 20.6 inches tall. I plugged the formulas into an Excel Spreadsheet, and now I can compare screens by dropping in the diagonal measurement. 
02072005, 09:32 PM  #4 
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02092005, 02:48 PM  #5  
I have a Sorny TV
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Great link. Thanks. 

03112009, 09:53 PM  #6 
What is HD?
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Widescreen Equivalent of 3:4 Screen
I think of a widescreen (9:16) "equivalent" of a 3:4 screen to be a screen having the same height, so that a 3:4 picture would fit perfectly in the new screen with the same dimensions as on a 3:4 screen (of course, with the sides blacked out on the widescreen).
To find the widescreen equivalent of any 3:4, simply multiply the diagonal measurement of the 3:4 screen by 1.224. So, a 16" old screen would be about a 20" widescreen. 19" would need about 24, 22 to 27, 26 to 32, etc. This is a decent way to estimate what size widescreen to look for. If you have an old TV and you knew that was big enough for your viewing room, the "equivalent" widescreen should be big enough too. 
03132009, 08:37 AM  #7 
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I use these dimensions thus:
My set is a 37 incher so I figured (using Pythagorus before I had that first post) that the width is 32.2. SO when I rent a Nextflix movie, I go to imdb and get the exact aspect ratio and work backwards to see exactly how big my picture is supposed to be. My set doesn't seem smart enough to always get it right. THen I choose the format that gives me the proper height, or as close as possible...sometimes it needs WIDE SCREEN, sometimes 16x9, sometimes 16 x 9 "with subtitles" and rarely, 4 x 3. For example, if a film is shot in 1.85, then my 32.2 inch width should show a 17.4 inch height. Since my screen is 18.1 inch high I should have just about a full screen, but not quite. For a superwide cinemascope like a 2.35 incher I want an image that is only 13.7 inches high and I choose whichever format gets me closest to it. (Careful though, use a plastic, not a metal ruler while measuring an image on a fragile LCD screen,) Do any of you have set that ALWAYS get the right "aspect" ratio? I wish mine had a setting called EXACT. 
07262009, 10:44 AM  #8 
What is HD?
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! I am a little bit confused in my situation... i was hoping someone could answer my question. Can HD TVs come in "Full Screen" and not just wide screen? and... If There are any where might I find these?
thanks MetalMan 
07262009, 05:55 PM  #9  
High Definition is the definition of life.
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They do not exist, its time for the widescreens because it represents the future. It's time to do away with the old and except the present and future. My mother has a cabnet where she currently has a 32" tube TV, I told her she has to buy a 16:9 HDTV. She ended up buying a 26" LCD HDTV that fits great. Last edited by Techlord; 07262009 at 05:59 PM.. 

07292009, 05:06 PM  #10 
A couch and an HDTV to go please.
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thx for the charts this helps

07292009, 06:48 PM  #11 
How can anyone watch standard def?
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07292009, 11:10 PM  #12  
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If you really want a 4:3 HDTV you might be able to find a used one on eBay, but you'd probably be better off gettng a new widescreen HDTV. 

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