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16:9 Native vs 4:3 Native


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#1 of 10 AndyC

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Posted July 18 2004 - 09:58 AM

Hello guys!

Can some one tell me why projectors with "4:3 native" are cheaper than projectors with "16:9 native" spec? What are some pluses and minuses of having a "4:3 native" spec projector?

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#2 of 10 Jim Mcc

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Posted July 18 2004 - 11:39 AM

AndyC, they are both about the same price. I am also close to buying my first projector. Most people buy a 4:3 native projector because they play video games, and/or they watch a lot of old movies, and SD TV shows(which are in 4:3). Go to Projectorcentral.com & read up on all the info. Great site. Good luck.

#3 of 10 Peter-P

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Posted July 19 2004 - 02:42 AM

AndyC,
I've been looking into the same stuff, and found a good article talking about the advantages/disadvantages of 4:3 and 16:9... It's on projectorcentral.com:

I can't posts links yet, but this is the site...

projectorcentral.com/formats.htm

#4 of 10 AndyC

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Posted July 19 2004 - 04:33 PM

Thanks guys!

I'll go look for the article at the projectorcentral.com site. Shouldn't be too hard to find. Posted Image

In the past 4:3 projectors were cheaper. If you're looking for roughly the same specs. But see that is become less so. For example, there is the NEC 1100 that is being sold for around 4k US, HD2 chip, 4:3 native, 3000:1 contrast ratio and a 1000 ansi brightness rating. Then you have the Benq 8700...a HD2+, 16:9 native, roughly $4100 US street, 2000:1 cr, and i think 1000 ansi brightness rating. Virtually the same specs. And same price. This wasn't so not too long ago and for the most part still not the case today.

Are there other examples? Love to hear about them. But those 2 projectors seem to be the best deals out there...assuming you have 4k US to spend. Posted Image

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#5 of 10 DaveGTP

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Posted July 20 2004 - 12:06 PM

4:3 is good if you like

Videogames
Classic movies
Documentaries
TV on DVD


16:9 is good if you like
Movies
HDTV


It's just all about where the bars are - like any other display.

Another advantage not listed yet is computer use. My X1 is 800x600 native, which makes for a cool computer monitor when I feel like dragging the comp. out to the living room. Computer games don't always like funky widescreen resolutions.
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#6 of 10 micah bjj

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Posted July 20 2004 - 12:41 PM

I thought that many video games were starting tohave the option to click from 4:3 to 16:9? I know that Eteranal Darkness on the Gamecube has the option to change to widescreen. I would think with all the widescreen tvs coming out that most games would start to do this.

#7 of 10 DaveGTP

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Posted July 20 2004 - 12:51 PM

There are a few games (Super Monkey Ball 2 comes to mind). But it is still definitely a minority. Not even all the 480p games have it.
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#8 of 10 AndyC

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Posted July 20 2004 - 04:10 PM

Hello guys,

Read that article posted! Very insightful! Thanks! Posted Image

There are some Xbox games that are WS. Again very few. Some are even available in HD resolutions like 720p or 1080i. Again, very few. I believe Halo 2 will be 720p.

Didn't know GC would offer games with the ability to switch between FS and WS. NICE! Perhaps one of these eons I might pick up a GC. For now I'll stick with my Xbox. Posted Image

Have a good week guys!!

#9 of 10 Peter Keeling

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Posted July 23 2004 - 03:05 AM

so if i buy a 19:9 projector like the BenQ 8700, i wont be able to watch regular tv on it?

#10 of 10 AndyC

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Posted July 23 2004 - 04:34 AM

Peter,

Sure you would! Why wouldn't you? You do realize the Benq 8700 can also do 4:3 right? Posted Image Do some digging on the net!

Later...