While recently looking for a new high end Plasma display I was surprised to learn that aspect ratio control is not as complete or useful as I thought for high end sources. The following represents what I understand based on reviewing the latest Pioneer Elite Plasma Displays:
1) Using S VHS inputs, anamorphic dvds with a 1:235 aspect ratio can be viewed without bars in one of the wide screen settings.
2) Using Component or HDMI inputs, even anamorphic dvds with a 1:235 aspect ratio can not
be viewed without bars in any screen setting.
3) Direct TV movies can be viewed without bars in all screen settings even using HDMI or Component inputs.
I have read vague statements about various degrees of aspect ratio control for HD and other sources for Plasma and other high end displays but it is not clear to me whether any of these would change the results I found with the Pioneer sets. Am I missing something or do those limits apply as I noted above?
If so, other than the old eyeball test, is there someway to assess the quality difference between S VHS and the other two inputs?
Are there any Plasma displays that offer a full screen view of anamorphic 1:235 dvds using the component or HDMI inputs (other than dvd player zooming which seems to destroy video quality)? I am baffled by what seems to be such a limitation on the full use of the wide screens available to us now. It would seem that using HDMI or component inputs you are limited to using 60-70% of your 16:9 screen size. So that 61 inch screen is really a 36 to 42 inch screen with these sources. Please tell me I am missing something.