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I discovered that the 4:3 TV gave me nearly the same size 16:9 view as the Widescreen TV but obviously a much larger 4:3 view.

You just stumbled on the same reason why many projector-based home theaters still have a 4:3 screen instead of a 16:9 screen.

A 4:3 screen and projector can produce a 16:9 image the same impressive size as a 16:9 projector/screen, and the 4:3 image will be even bigger. On the other hand, a 16:9 projector/screen will have the same size 16:9 image, but the 4:3 image will be much smaller than it would be with a 4:3 projector.

Of course, this means widescreen movies will all be letterboxed on a 4:3 projector. But, letterboxing is not as objectionable because the image is still very large and the letterboxing isn't being emphasized by the physical frame of a television.

However, since all wisescreen material on a 4:3 projector will be "letterboxed," it is a good idea to get a projector (e.g., DLP) that is immune to uneven wear (burn-in).

I guess it is ironic that a 4:3 aspect ratio is often the best choice for the most "home theater" of displays. Unfortunately, consumers think (native) widescreen is always better and they are demanding 16x9 projectors without thinking of the final installation.


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