TV converting 4:3 to 16:9?

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  1. George Caronan

    George Caronan Stunt Coordinator

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    Hello all. I own a Sony KV36XBR800 4:3 CRT TV. It seems to convert ALL HD signals to 16:9. It poses a problem through the following set-up:

    Kenwood DV-5900M - set to progressive scan with 4:3 LB aspect radio

    DVDO Iscan HD - the Kenwood is connected to this via component input and is set to 4:3 input and 4:3 output. Format is set to 1920 x 1080i

    The DVDO is connected to the Sony through its DVI input. All of my DVDs in the changer are ALL 4:3. The Sony is receiving the upscaled 4:3 format in 1080i and displays it at 16:9 format. Is this normal? Is there anyway to convert it to 4:3? I called the Sony support center and they couldn't answer it. They mentioned the set's 16:9 enhanced feature but that is ONLY for DVDs in widescreen anamorphic. There is nothing in the Sony's manual about manipulating the aspect ratio. If anyone is familiar with this situation, I would like to hear your suggestions/solutions. All my DVDs in the changer are 4:3 [concert DVDs and TV shows]. Thank you in advance.
     
  2. ChrisWiggles

    ChrisWiggles Producer

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    I am not familiar with this specific TV, but it may be possible that it forcibly defaults to 16:9 mode for HD input. If you can't access the AR setting when viewing HD content, I don't know if there is a solution for your problem.

    Are you sure the Sony doesn't have an AR setting or raster squeeze setting that's functional?
     
  3. George Caronan

    George Caronan Stunt Coordinator

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    Hello Chris. Thanks for responding. The Sony does not have an aspect ratio setting on its menu. Being a standard 4:3, all it has is the 16:9 enhanced mode which is the "squeeze" feature for anamorphic widescreen DVDs. It's odd but when I set the DVDO to the 480P format, the Sony displays the signal at the 4:3 aspect ratio. ANY OTHER resolution above it, it converts the signal to 16:9. I believe that only their 16:9 LCDs/discontinued plasmas have the aspect ratio conversion. Maybe there are some owners out there with the same set-up with the same problems. The 480p is nice but the res on the 1080i even at the 16:9 is superb using the scaler. The Sony does have the capability to display at that rate.
     
  4. Allan Jayne

    Allan Jayne Cinematographer

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    Use 480p for DVD. The TV is going to upscale that to 1080i or 960i anyway.

    If 480p is also forcibly converted to 16:9, return the TV to the store. It's not worth owning.

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  5. George Caronan

    George Caronan Stunt Coordinator

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    Allan,

    The TV does not convert any 480P 4:3 signal to 16:9. Any other res above it is converted.
     

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