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post #1 of 10 Old 08-29-2001, 08:20 AM - Thread Starter
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I was looking through the IKEA catalog last night and noticed that at least half of their current line of TV stands and cabinets accommodate 16:9 TVs. Here is one example:


http://www.ikea-usa.com/product_images/PE024296.JPG

Looks like the rest of the world is catching on...
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I saw that myself, but could only assume that the catalog is created in Europe where 16:9 sets are allegedly much more common. Last year's catalog had some 16:9 sets in it as well, if I remember correctly.
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They need work on their storage solutions . . . most of them were designed for CD cases but not DVD cases.

16x9 isn't surprising though, it has been popular in Europe for a while.
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Seems to me it is the US that is finally catching on. I know that in Japan 16:9 Tv's have been around for at least 4 years since they were all over the place in Tokyo when I was there in 1997. Don't know much about Europe but still I think the US is the late-comer.

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Originally posted by wirehead_rick:
Seems to me it is the US that is finally catching on. I know that in Japan 16:9 Tv's have been around for at least 4 years since they were all over the place in Tokyo when I was there in 1997. Don't know much about Europe but still I think the US is the late-comer.

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Japan has had a satellite-delivered analog HD service for a number of years. Europe uses 16:9 PAL Wide, while pleasing and sharaper than NTSC, isn't HD.

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Looks like the rest of the world is catching on...

I guess that's what THEY are saying about US then! http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif
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As a native Swede (the country of IKEA) I feel that I should chime in. The I moved here two years ago 75% of all TVs >30 inches sold were widescreen. This may explain a thing or two.
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I was looking through the Ikea catalog for a HDTV stand. They have the right shape, but look at the specs for how much weight they can support. None of them come close to supporting 200 pounds of television; about what a direct view HDTV weighs.
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Does the rated weight limit arise from the fact that European sets, while widescreen, are generally not the larger sizes (200+ pound Sony XBR for example) found in the US market?

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It is indeed the case that the televisions in Europe tend to smaller sizes than in North America. I've noticed that when I've been in Italy -- and got additional confirmation when looking at various UK websites.

Seeminly the most popular size for large widescreen sets is 32" -- which corresponds to 30" viewable screen size (which matches up with the way the measurements are done in the US). Larger size of 36" (34" viewable, corresponding to a number of direct view HD sets sold in the US) is available but not common. Smaller size widescreen sets are also sold -- coming in at 28" (26" viewable) and 24" (22" viewable"). In the US, the latter would make great televisions for a bedroom setup connected to a DVD player in my opinion.

I wish that Philips and the other CE firms would try bringing these kinds of sets to the US now that DVD and (increasingly) OTA HD are providing something to watch in the widescreen format.
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