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Hi all.
I really want to get an inexpensive full HD plasma. Even narrowed choices down to three models (Panasonic P50UT50, Samsung PN51E530/550).
But - one big concern. A LOT of content will be 4:3 SD. Indeed, I expect it to be easily 25%, if not more, of overall watching time. And since I want to see the whole frame, there'll be black stripes on the sides.
Is it enough to mark a plasma as a no-no for me ?
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I didn't listen to the whole "stretch 4:3 content for the first 100 hours" on my ST30 and I've seen no ill effects. I watch about 50% 4:3 content.
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I haven't seen any IR from black side bars or letterbox bars, its only the bright white text/logos that appears able to cause IR on the 2012 Panasonic plasma models.
Also on the Panasonic plasmas if you need to, you can enable lighter side bars for 4:3 video material, you can select between OFF (black) or 3 different shades of gray (dark, mid, light)
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Thanks everyone. Does PN51E550 offer different shades for side bars, or only Panasonic ?
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Thanks everyone. Does PN51E550 offer different shades for side bars, or only Panasonic ?

Yes black or grey.
with Frasier on Hallmark HD it is in 4:3 so what I do is switch to 'wide fit' mode to fill the screen
and use the (move) option and move the picture down so the top of peoples heads don't get clipped.
looks damn good for SD on a full screen.
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No current plama TV does a good job with 480i SD material that I know of. You may need to invest in an outboard VP to scale the image up, rather than relying on the TV or cable box or satellite receiver. I recently bought a Panasonic TC-P55GT50, and the SD picture was so poorly scaled up, I had to spend more money to buy a DVDO iScan Duo to clean up the SD source. Now the 480 SD material looks great.
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No current plama TV does a good job with 480i SD material that I know of. You may need to invest in an outboard VP to scale the image up, rather than relying on the TV or cable box or satellite receiver. I recently bought a Panasonic TC-P55GT50, and the SD picture was so poorly scaled up, I had to spend more money to buy a DVDO iScan Duo to clean up the SD source. Now the 480 SD material looks great.


The Panasonic's have poor video processing, that's one of the big differences between the two.
With the Samsung you don't need the external video processor.
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