Widescreen TV vs 4:3 TV

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  1. Dave Malo

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    I'm currently in the market to purchase a new TV. After visiting several electronic stores I've narrowed the choices down to a projection TV. Now here's the dilemma I have should I purchase a 16:9 projection TV or 4:3 projection TV. The TV will be used for watching movies for 90% of the time. Any help would be great if possible brand name would be great. Also the size of the TV I'm looking at is 53" to 61"
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  2. GarryW

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    Your DVD's will look fantastic with a widescreen HDTV ready set. I would look at Mits, Toshiba or Pioneer. And also check out www.hometheaterspot.com for great info too.
     
  3. Rich Malloy

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    Depends on your viewing habits.

    I have a much larger percentage of Academy ratio films in my collection than 'scope films, and so it makes sense for me to stick with a 4x3 set that does the squeeze and displays a progressive image.

    But if you watch a larger percentage of 'scope films (or 1.85:1 ratio films), then you'd likely be better off with a widescreen set.
     
  4. Vlad D

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    Personally, I prefer 16:9, since I watch a lot of movies and prefer to watch them in their original aspect ratio. I don't have any movies that were filmed in Academy ratio (4:3). But, in the end it's an individual preference. Buy the TV that will allow you to watch movies in the aspect ratio that you enjoy.

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  5. Richard Burzynski

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    Dave:

    Since 90% of your usage will be movies (I'm assuming DVD movies) you should definitely consider a widescreen set as 99% of DVDs are widescreen.

    Also, make sure you get a capable Progressive scan DVD player (like the Panasonic 56) and you will be very happy.

    Good Luck.

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  6. Steve Zimmerman

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    If it really is 90% movies then absolutely positively widescreen. I own a 55" Mitsubishi and love it--especially after applying the multitude of calibration tweaks you can read about on the Internet--but I've heard nice things about the Toshiba in that same price range as well and assume it is similarly easy to calibrate.

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