Debate between two TV's.

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  1. Mark Fitzsimmons

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    Sony 36FV13, 36" Wega. Vs. A Samsung 16:9 47" projection.

    The Wega is $1300 and the Samsung is $2000. My cable tv broadcasts in 4:3, and the same with my PS2 games, but when I watch DVD's they are of course widescreen. I like the Wega and all but am afraid that I may regret not taking the next step to a widescreen hdtv ready monitor. The Samsung offers progressive scan too.

    Any suggestions?
     
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    I recently we in a similar boat, and I went with the widescreen set. I never considered the Samsung because no stores around me carried it, I went with the Panasonic PT47WX51, a 47" widescreen HDTV. Also, I don't believe the Samsung does 3:2 pulldown.

    I have been VERY pleased with this set. The picture is SO much bigger then a 36" tube. DVD's look huge and super clean. Even 4x3 programming looks pretty good on just most. If you want it in standard 4x3 mode it is still a 37" picture, but you do not want to have those gray bars on the side very long, it can cause burn in rather quickly.

    That said, a 16x9 set is not for everyone. I still have mostly watch broadcast TV on my standard 27" set. If I had to watch everything on just one set, I might go with a larger then 36" 4x3 that does the 16x9 squeeze.

    Best of luck with what you choose. But once you get used to watching DVD's on a widescreen, it will be tough to watch them on other sets...
     
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    How close are you going to be to the set? As far as picture quality goes, I find a direct view tube better than a projection system. Better contrast, brightness and most important, convergence. So if the viewing distance isnt too far, I would favor the Wega.
     
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    10 feet is about the viewing distance. I am pretty much ruling out the widescreen TV because I still watch a whole lot of 4:3 programing. What is 3:2 pulldown?

    So at this point it's the Wega vs. a 4:3 projection HDTV with a 16:9 mode. If I were to get a HDTV monitor today, is it going to be future proof? Or is the HDTV standard as we know it know going to change?
     
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    In my opinion, for most TV watching you should sit farther from a 4:3 TV than from a 16:9 with the same diagonal, because the 4:3 TV usually shows low-resolution images, and the 16:9 usually higher-resolution.

    A 16:9 TV is therefore ideal. You position the seating close to it for watching DVDs and HDTV, and then you are also at the right distance for the smaller 4:3 picture.

    If you get a 4:3 TV and use it for widescreen (even with vertical compression), it is backwards. The typical low-resolution 4:3 picture is big, and the typical high-resolution 16:9 picture is small.

    Let me know if this isn't clear...
     
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    I follow, but don't see the relevance to my question. Now that 16:9 isn't an option, what do you think is a better buy.
     

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