16:9 vs 4:3 Picture Quality?

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  1. WaltL

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    As I am new to this and want to educate myself as much as I can before I purchase my HDTV, is there any difference in picture quality between a 16:9 tv and a 4:3 tv? I know the widescreen dvd's would be "squeezed" on a 4:3 set, but is there really any difference in picture quality between the 2 ratios as long as they are both HDTV's?
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  2. Scott Merryfield

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    If you opt for a 4x3 HDTV, make sure the set has aspect ratio control (aka "the squeeze") for 480p signals as well as 1080i. The current Toshiba 4x3 HDTV's do not support this feature for a 480p signal (I believe the new models out this fall will correct the problem).
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  3. Dzung Pham

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    I think the differences are what you would expect them to be. At the same diagonal size, a 16:9 display gives you a larger and higher resolution picture when viewing widescreen material. You are also utilizing the display more efficiently in terms of light output. On the other hand, if you view mostly 4:3 material, then all those properties move in favor of 4:3 display.
     
  4. Abdul Jalib

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    If you're talking about comparing widescreen content on a 4:3 RPTV that does the squeeze (e.g., Sony HS10, Philips 60PP9601) to widescreen content on an equivalent 16:9 RPTV, they are identical in most cases. The chief exception is 4:3 Hitachi sets, which fake a squeeze by dropping out one of every four lines. For direct view sets, the shadow mask cannot be simultaneously optimized for every aspect ratio and resolution, so it's different for them.
    4:3 content on a 16:9 set often suffers, even when shown in OAR. The Pioneer Elites do a good job, but Mitsubishis don't.
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