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What Is It About the 1.66:1 Ratio That I Love So Much? (2 Viewers)

Stephen_J_H

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My TV is nothing hugely special - a TCL Series 6, the top quality line that the budget manufacturer offers. The black levels on it blow me away, and with the bezel around it being practically non-existent, if I have the lights in the room off I can’t tell where the TV frame ends and where the black bars begin. With so much of the television I watch now produced in a variety of aspect ratios other than 16x9, I can barely tell what is what if I’m watching in a darkened room - I just see the picture. I never thought that I’d own a TV where you couldn’t see black bars but amazingly it’s possible now. That’s making up for the TV itself not being a constant height thing.
I will admit to liking that about my Hisense QLED. The active dimming makes a huge difference on black levels with minimal blooming, with it only really visible off angle.
 

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If the movie is engaging enough, it only takes me a few minutes at most for the black bars to escape my notice.
 

Stephen_J_H

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My TV is nothing hugely special - a TCL Series 6, the top quality line that the budget manufacturer offers. The black levels on it blow me away, and with the bezel around it being practically non-existent, if I have the lights in the room off I can’t tell where the TV frame ends and where the black bars begin. With so much of the television I watch now produced in a variety of aspect ratios other than 16x9, I can barely tell what is what if I’m watching in a darkened room - I just see the picture. I never thought that I’d own a TV where you couldn’t see black bars but amazingly it’s possible now. That’s making up for the TV itself not being a constant height thing.
Local dimming is a wonderful thing. My 4K display is similarly modest; I have a Hisense 55" Q7 series QLED with local dimming.
 

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I've been pondering a CIH setup in my next home we are preparing to build. I love the cinematic feel of a true CIH screen setup, but it will require me to go acoustically transparent and put the speakers behind the screen if I want to do it right.

Interestingly enough, on the topic of AR in broadcast content, my wife and I watch a fair bit of Anime, and I've noticed quite a few of these shows switching to a 2.35:1 AR mid-show for scenes that they want to feel more cinematic. Unfortunately, even if I had a CIH setup, I wouldn't waste time adjusting lens memory for a 30 second sequence.
 

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