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« on: October 16, 2004, 07:57:36 AM »

Does anyone here have a letterbox tv? I am trying to hunt down a picture, showing a letterbox tv in stretch mode. This is where a traditional tv signal is stretched to fill the entire screen. Otherwise, you'll see a bar on both the left and right side of your picture. Some say stretch is ugly, and others say that it's no big deal.

If anyone here could snap a pic of their widescreen tv in stretch mode, and post it online, I'd appreciate very much the chance to see it.

The reason for all this.

I have to buy a tv this weekend, and I'm trying to gather as much info as possible.
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2004, 08:24:59 AM »

I apologize for not meeting your request.  However I thought I'd say from personal experience at a friend's house that I find the stretch mildly disorienting for a short time but I find the brain adjusts.  It can be odd at times, but for those cases most of these TV's feature a FULL mode also, which will slightly trim the top and bottom to fill the whole screen.  This rarely eliminates anything valuable from the image and maintains the proper aspect ratio.

The main advantage to the TV at that dimension as I see it, is Widescreen DVD and High Definition Television.  Many would say that the superior performance in these media sufficiently outweighs the mild inconvenience of the other issue.
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2004, 09:10:44 AM »

Any HDTV tv is prone to screen burn, except DLP, which I can't afford.

The three easiest ways to reduce the chance of getting screen burn are:

1. keep brightness/contrast as low as you can tolerate
2. watch 4:3 programs in stretch mode
3. avoid any fixed images (channel logos) for long periods of time

I'm just curious what stretch mode looks like, since I'll be using it 100 percent of the time, for anything in 4:3.

PS, anyone tv users here ever get screen burn?
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2004, 02:25:14 PM »

I have had a widescreen TV since the beginning of the year.  Honestly, I don't think that the stretch is a big deal.  However, eventually everything will be moving over to widescreen, and if you get HDTV in your area, the programming is in widescreen.

I also don't have any burn in.

If you are getting a new TV and getting a big enough one you are considering getting a widescreen TV, then I would highly recommend getting one.
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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2004, 01:08:28 AM »

Raven, I snapped a few shots showing off the different modes of my Panasonic widescreen TV.  It is at least three, maybe four years old.

Sorry for my horrible photo skills, but I was in a hurry!  Also, I know the screen looks shitty, but the regular cable reception sucks.  HDTV looks like you are staring through a window, but it is locked at 16:9, so that wouldn't have done you any good.

I did you one better and paused the action so you could see the same image in each photo and judge for yourself.

4x3


Full


Just


Zoom


I use the "Just" setting when watching non-WS stuff.  You will note that all the players now look like Mo Vaughn during his Sox days, but you kinda get used to it since everybody does. :lol:
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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2004, 07:10:32 AM »

Thanks. I really appreciate that. Since my last tv got screen burn, I'm kind of paranoid about the next one I buy, and while those stupid logo images cannot be dealt with, I can at least watch all 4:3 programming in stretch mode, as well as keep brightness and contrast well below 50%.

Thanks again!!!!
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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2004, 06:09:01 PM »

Quote from: "Raven"
Any HDTV tv is prone to screen burn, except DLP, which I can't afford.

The three easiest ways to reduce the chance of getting screen burn are:

1. keep brightness/contrast as low as you can tolerate
2. watch 4:3 programs in stretch mode
3. avoid any fixed images (channel logos) for long periods of time

I'm just curious what stretch mode looks like, since I'll be using it 100 percent of the time, for anything in 4:3.

PS, anyone tv users here ever get screen burn?


I gotta say, I've had 51" HD 16:9 TVs for the past 3 years, and no burn-in. I've also had the Sony tech for this region out a lot (due to a flicker problem that sony finally 'fessed up to being a mfgr flaw) and I was asking him about burn-in. He'd indicated he's never seen video game burn in, and the most common burn-in is from people who day-trade, and leave the channels with stock quote ticker bars up. They're leaving this image up for 8+ hours a day, 5 days a week.

Something else to consider : If you calibrate your set correctly (and there are products on the market that help you do this) you're less likely to get burn in.  Default settings usually have the brightness and contrast cranked up, which forces more white on the screen. White is the fastest burn-in as it uses all 3 guns, and has a higher intensity than other colors. Black can also burn in though, and so some 4:3 aspect configurations for 16:9 tvs use gray, rather than black, as the side-bars. The gray isn't really being projected; its the absence of image that produces the color.

As to the stretch, you get used to it pretty quickly. if it bothers you, go to full mode where the top and bottom of the 4:3 picture are cut off... this also reduces the amount of onscreen static images, as you station logos tend to be on the bottom right side.
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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2004, 07:15:31 PM »

I have a Toshiba 42" <something> HD monitor and I must say that I love it to death for regular TV.  Their TV stretch mode is geometric-ish, meaning that it's a little bit stretched in the middle and moreso near the edges.  I only ever notice whenever the main people are talking to each other across the edges of the 4:3 TV show from each other.

   My sidebars are grey, but I never see them except when I'm picking another  screen mode smile

  Don't fear the Widescreen!
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