New Toshiba 50H81 owner has curious question.

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  1. Randy_M

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    OK, I'm a little confused here. Just set up my new Toshiba 50H81, and set my Sony S570D DVD player's TV type to 16:9 (uses component video into HD1). Seems I have to change the Picture Size from Normal to one of the Theater Wide modes (or Full) to view a wide screen DVD, and I must change it back to Normal to watch a 1:33 to 1 DVD without stretching.
    I guess I thought this would happen automatically.
    I found that Full mode works best when watching an anamorphic widescreen DVD, and Theater Wide 1 works best when viewing a non-anamorphic disc. As stated above, I have to manually change to Normal mode to watch old (1.33 : 1) films on disc, as when I view cable or VHS.
    Is this the experience of owners of this set, or am I missing something?
    If one does need to adjust the Pic Size control each time the program changes, do you concur with my suppositions above?
    Thanks.
     
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    You always have to switch between screen modes. The problem here is that you are thinking of the 4:3 setting as "normal". But it's not any more "normal" than any of the others. It's just one of the 5 screen settings on your tv (3 theaterwide, full, and 4:3), and like all the others it has to be switched to or from.
    Also - yes, the reason anamorphic DVDs look best in Full is because that's the mode that you are supposed to use with them. Full mode "unsqueezes" anamorphic DVDs.
    Steve - who has two Toshiba 16:9 TVs.
     
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    PS - Non-anamorphic DVDs should be viewed in Theaterwide 2, because that mode "stretches" the picture equally in all directions. Theaterwide 1 stretches the picture horizontally (objects near the left and right sides of the screen will be distorted/stretched) but not vertically.
     
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    Thanks, Steve...once I got that puppy adjusted out of "Torch Mode" (100% contrast, etc), the picture looked marvelous.
     

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