Need a good 4:3 HDTV

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  1. SteveB

    SteveB Auditioning

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    Hey everyone. My old 46" Magnavox tv finally died, so a few weeks ago, went to Best Buy to get a new TV.
    Well, I really wanted the 16:9 widescreen...but due to a custom made wall shelf, we cant get one because it wont fit. So we bought a Panasonic PT-51HX41 4:3 HDTV. I figured it would be ok because it says you can put it in 16:9 mode.
    Well, I just found out for some reason, you cant put it in 16:9 mode...only if you have the digital set top box.
    Now I really want to return this TV to best buy and get one that will go into 16:9 mode.
    Can anyone suggest a good tv? Between 46-52 inches
     
  2. Brian Schucher

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    The current Toshibas do it but only for 1080i input. I believe the Sonys do it for both inputs..
     
  3. Abdul Jalib

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    The only HD-ready 4:3 RPTV's that do the 16:9 squeeze for both 480i/480p and 1080i are the Sony 53HS10/61HS10, their XBR 4:3 RPTV equivalents, and the Philips 60PP9601. Well, except there are some new contenders just coming out, like the new Sony's.
    With the Toshiba 4:3 HD-ready RPTV's, you can get around their lack of a 480i/480p squeeze. What you do is get a Home Theater PC, and use it to upscale NTSC and DVD's to 540p or preferably 1080i. 540p/1080i input forces the set to do a squeeze. You might look into whether that is possible for your Panasonic set, though if you can still return it that might be wise.
    Why not consider a small 16:9 set, like the Mitsubishi 46807?
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  4. Jake T

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    Steve,
    I have had the Toshiba 43H70 for about 5 months now and I enjoy it very much.
    Good luck in your search.
    Jake
    P.s. the is a Toshiba model that is almost the same size as the 43H70 but it is 16:9. I cant remember the model # though/ TX40H80 maybe???
    [Edited last by Jake T on July 13, 2001 at 05:21 PM]
     
  5. Philip Hamm

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    I'm moving this to the TV section, you'll probably get better answers there.
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