Zoom: 4:3 TV

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  1. Brad Newton

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    could someone please explain this term to me. Sorry to be a dummy but..........
     
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    What is the context used??
     
  3. Brad Newton

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    It shows this as a feature of some dvd players
     
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    Are you talking about the recent Panny players like the RP82 and CP72?

    From what I understand, that "feature" does nothing(!). Probably something they originally planned to do, but did not implement late in the production process.
     
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    Yes, those are the units that I saw this "feature" listed. So they did not implement that feature. What was it supposed to do?
     
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    The zoom feature is INVALUABLE to 4:3 TV owners. It basically zooms a widescreen movie to reduce the size of the "black bars" on your TV screen. A good zoom feature does 2 things: (1) maintains picture sharpness, (2) provides several zoom levels, like 1 thru 4 (little zoom to most zoom).

    Toshiba DVD players do this PERFECTLY. For those of you who hate bars, just buy a Toshiba DVD player and click those bars away.

    Just realize that each zoom click is actually chopping of the right and left parts of a widescreen movie. I like Toshiba because you can zoom just a little, to make the bars smaller and chop very little. Or, you can zoom the bars away completely, but you chop off lots of right & left info. Your decision.

    AND, if you decide you don't like the zoom feature, then don't use it - Toshiba DVD players are overall good performers.

    FWIW, every friend and relative that has asked me for a player recommendation this past holiday season (5 in total and all 4:3 TV owners) now swear by this feature. And before the purist OAR crowd jumps down my throat, they are choosing to use the feature - they are free not to.

    Rich B.
     

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