Which RPTVs have the best stretch modes?

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  1. Dennis H.

    Dennis H. Auditioning

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    I'm looking for a new TV and I keep going back and forth between 4:3 and 16:9. I'm just having a hard time getting past the distortion of stretched 4:3 material. Which manufactures of 16:9 RPTVs have stretch modes that look the most natural?
     
  2. Juan_R

    Juan_R Supporting Actor

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    Pioneer, Toshiba, Hitachis. Those are the ones with the best strech modes.
     
  3. HankM

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    I have a Mistubishi but I agree with Juan on Toshiba. Everyone I talk to says there stretch modes are the best.
     
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    I have a Toshiba myself and when looking around at rptv's I truly felt the stretch modes were the best with the exception of the Pioneer Elite but they are a totally different price range.[​IMG]
     
  5. Chris Perkins

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    Panasonic has the absolute best stretch mode. I did extensive side by side comparisons before my purchase and the Panny was my choice. I find it amusing that Panasonic is rarely mentioned in the various posts on this subject.
    Chris
     
  6. Leo Sweers

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    I agree Panasonic by far has the best, i too spent months comparing models side by side..
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  7. BradZ

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    this just proves how subjective this issue is. I prefer the Tosh, Hitachi, or Sony. (pioneer obviously but out of the price bracket). I find the Panasonic and Mits to be terrible. You'll see everyone has their own feelings. Best thing for you to do is go to a store that has a standard def feed and play with all the stretch modes and see what looks best to you.

    What you like may be unwatchable to me and vice versa.

    good luck in your search. your best bet would be to go to a specialist store in your area because Best Buy, Circuit City, etc. are sometimes unable to show you anything other than their produced demo reel or dvd feed.
     
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    Joey_R Stunt Coordinator

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    I'd put the JVC series up against these for stretch mode - specifically, "Panorama" mode.

    AV-48WP30
    AV-56WP30
     
  9. WilliamC

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    Pioneer has the absolute best with a top-notch line-doubler to boot.
     
  10. greggor

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    On JVC models AV-48WP30 and AV-56WP30 there are four options; Panarama, Cinema, Full and Regular. In panarama mode, it appears that the image is partially streached, and partially truncated on the top and bottom. This is a very nice (preferred) image to watch for regular NTSC programming. In Cinema mode, less information is truncated on the top and bottom, and the image is stretched more (noticeble). Full mode is full 16x9 stretching and Regular is a 4x3 image with grey bars.

    I guess most WSTVs have these options?

    Dave
     
  12. Steve Marsh

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    Toshiba IMO
     

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