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#55440 - 07/26/04 12:30 PM Re: DVD output on HDTV
oldskoolboarder Offline
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Registered: 05/25/03
Posts: 2181
Loc: Menlo Park, CA
Which display and DVD player are you using? I have the Panny TH42PWD6UY. I run the Denon 2200 DVD via component. When I watch DVDs set for widescreen, I watch it in FULL mode. Normal shows the screen in a 4:3 box, w/ bars on top/bottom and sides.

It could be a combination of your DVD player settings and plasma settings. You may also want to post on AVS Forum on either the plasma or DVD player section. You'll get a lot more responses there.

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#55441 - 07/26/04 03:13 PM Re: DVD output on HDTV
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Registered: 03/26/04
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Loc: ummmm, Denver!
In reply to:

It may be that the picture will never strecth out fully sideways in Normal mode unless the input is 720i/p or 1080i. Anybody care to comment on that?




I also have the Panasonic TH42PWD6UY, and selecting "normal" on the Panny's remote always results in 4x3 ratio, with bars at the sides, regardless of what the input signal is. I don't consider it a problem; I think "normal" just means "4x3" to Panasonic, not "automatic adjustment to the input signal's ratio." For widescreen movies, I set the plasma to "full." That seems to display the movie across the entire width, sometimes with bars at the top and bottom, and without any distortion.

If there is a setting that allows the Panny to automatically select the display ratio, as expatbrit indicates, I haven't found it, but I plan to look when I get home tonight.

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#55442 - 07/26/04 03:29 PM Re: DVD output on HDTV
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Registered: 07/21/04
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thanks. i missed your post when i first checked this morning. that seems to be the most logical answer, i will check tonight. one thing i have noticed that the menu options on the TH-42PHD6UY, which is a commercial model, are different from the ones on retail models. Will let you know tomorrow

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#55443 - 07/26/04 03:35 PM Re: DVD output on HDTV
mshukla Offline
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Registered: 07/21/04
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my display is TH42PHD6UY and the DVD is Sony DVP-S530D. i do get no sidebars when displaying in Full or Justified modes but i was curious why it doesnt display it that way in Normal mode.
1) i am going to try expatbrit's suggestion and
2) as i said, it may just be the 720i+ input signal that may be required (that will be avalable only off a HD source).

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#55444 - 07/26/04 03:37 PM Re: DVD output on HDTV
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Registered: 07/21/04
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surely you mean you have the PHD6UY not the PWD6UY because the PWD is not HD and you wont get the full benefit of an HD source!

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#55445 - 07/27/04 06:30 PM Re: DVD output on HDTV
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I bought the PWD6UY because I didn't think HDTV was worth the extra bucks. I mostly watch DVD's, and DVD's are not HD. Some folks think DVD's view better on an EDTV than on an HDTV, which "upconverts" the signal. Also, viewing EDTV and HDTV side by side in a store from ten feet back, there wasn't much difference, to my eye.

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#55446 - 07/27/04 06:40 PM Re: DVD output on HDTV
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Registered: 07/21/04
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Denver, Actually in that mail i was responding to oldskoolboarder who said he had the same model monitor and was using it with HD DirecTV.
you are right about there not being any difference in SD or HD with DVD (480i) input but with 1080i input, it should be lot different.

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#55447 - 07/28/04 09:39 AM Re: DVD output on HDTV
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Registered: 03/26/04
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Loc: ummmm, Denver!
I checked, and my Panny appears not to have the automatic ratio setting that expatbrit mentions.

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