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I've seen the Panasonic TH-42PWD3 (looks great!) and read the review that says, in effect, "just buy this one." However, one misgiving I have about it is (if I'm understanding the reviews and the spec data correctly), it has only two aspect ratio settings: 4:3 and 16:9; as I understand it lacks the capability to zoom in or out to stretch a 4:3 signal to fill the whole wide screen (some direct view CRT HDTVs, I see, have 5 or 6 settings).
However, have noted that this unit is primarily aimed for the commercial market and that Panasonic recently has come out with a comparable unit which is said to be meant for consumer sales, the PT-42PD2-P.
So, questions, to anyone who can help...
1. Do the TH-42PWD3 and the PT -42PD2-P have the same, identical screen? It appears the hardware is somewhat scaled down on the PT-42PD2-P, but it's also several hundred dollars cheaper. What's the dif?
2. Is the the PT-42PD2-P, then, true HDTV, or does it classify as only SDTV or EDTV?
3. Does the PT-42PD2-P allow for variable sizing of the 4:3 signal to allow it to fill the screen?
4. Has anyone seen the PT-42PD2-P on display and if so, is it as good to look at as the "indsutrial strength" TH-42PWD3 version??
Thanks in advance -- really want to be cautious before taking the leap on so expensive a piece of equipment.