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post #1 of 11
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For A/V geeks only.... :D

Years ago I saw an xtra wide plasma in a clothing store and I've never seen one since. Was it a dream, a hallucination? Too much cherry-vanilla coke? I began to wonder....

But today while strolling a mall I spotted the elusive beast - the extra-wide plasma.
It's made by Samsung and it appears to be about a 2:35:1 aspect ratio. As with the last time I saw one, it was mounted vertically (see photo). So I snapped
a photo and even...geeking out further :) ....shot a super-fast phone video of the thing.


I've always thought it would be incredibly cool to have a big 2:35:1 aspect ratio plasma - the plasma version of the "constant height projection" idea. (I love wide-screen movies). I wonder if Samsung (or anyone else) makes these things any more.

Unfortunately I had to shoot it through very reflective glass. (And it doesn't look as xtra wide in the photo as it does in person - my phone-camera's wide angle lense seemed to "shorten" the plasma. Anyway....).

http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/845...plasma1nv5.jpg

Video:

link here to a crapola phone vid of the beast.



Has anyone else seen these things?
post #2 of 11
It would be really neat to know which model this set is, if anybody knows.
post #3 of 11
I would love to have a 2.35:1 display. Of course, I would also love to have a huge constant height projector system - and the house to go with it!
post #4 of 11
I've seen that exact same make of monitor (Samsung 2:35:1 plasma on its side for vertical viewing) at a restaurant on the base of New York's Empire State Building on the corner of 5th Avenue and 34th Street.
post #5 of 11
ah, I was kind of waiting for a thread to show up about the possible existance of a 2.35:1 (or other ratio wider than 16:9) plasma before offering up this photo. I was skimming a magazine or something, I can't even remember now, but I came across this photo which stopped me in my tracks:

***I don't have enough posts to embed an image, so if you could kindly replace the *dot*com*, you'll see the image in question (or maybe another poster could embed it for me in one of their posts :) )***


boltz*dot*com*/tours/plasmaGallery/images/p3.jpg


The stand company the ad is for is Boltz, and the stand model is the Toronto. I emailed Boltz's customer support asking about the TV in question, but the person who responded said they had no idea what TV it was, just that the ad was shot a while ago. The TV looks like a Mitsu, but whatever it is, it sure looks wide. I guess it could always be a photochop, but I thought it was interesting, as they use this image a couple times on their website.
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post #7 of 11
Two malls in south western Connecticut have several strewn throughout.
I will see if I can get any kind of model #. I think they were LGs.
post #8 of 11
ESPN supposedly had one, according to this archived thread.
http://archive.avsforum.com/avs-vb/s...hreadid=363812
post #9 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by R Harkness
The screen in the above photo measures 275x480 pixels, which is nearly a 9:16 ratio.

So it seems to be a 16:9 screen mounted vertically.
Quote:
Originally Posted by R Harkness
(And it doesn't look as xtra wide in the photo as it does in person - my phone-camera's wide angle lense seemed to "shorten" the plasma. Anyway....).
Maybe it would help to take another picture but with the camera oriented the other way, to see if it makes any difference.

Anyway, the green circles still look like circles in the photo, assuming they really are circles and not ovals. So maybe the camera did not "shorten" anything.
post #10 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by marvin4653
The screen in the above photo measures 440x165 pixels, which is 2.67:1, or 8:3.

So it is even wider than 2.35:1.
post #11 of 11
sweeet :cool:
it's close to 2.74:1
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