Originally Posted by ptoemmes
I have found two of these NIB at a local CC for a decent price.
I want to take the full digital plunge, but our viewing habits still involve several analog cable channels and with our service will so for quite some time.
I will probably upgrade to digitial cable, but channels 1-99 will still be analog.
So, how does this set handle analog 4:3?
You have a button on the remote called aspect. It allows you to cycle through a bunch of stretch modes for both SD and HD content. For example, if your station is upconverting a 4x3 show to 1080i and leaves the black bars on the sides, this TV allows you to stretch it. Nice! My old Toshiba could not do that for HD feeds.
Risk of side-bar burn in?
You can avoid the side-bar burn in using the stretch modes. Also, just watch as much HD as possible :-)
Can you stretch the picture?
Better to let the analog "pass through" the STB or use a splitter and come into the RPTV with a cable feed?
I don't have cable - I use OTA only. You have to try and decide.
Wouldsomeone confirm the max front-to-rear measurement? The Hitach pdf shows I=23 and 3/8" and L=33 and 9/16" I dunno if I can handle the L dimension.
I think you are referring to the PDF in Hitachi's site. I think that L is in error. The deepest part of the TV is in the top part (25 3/8). The bottom part is not as deep. I don't have the actual measurements with me. I would say it is more like 18-20 inches at the bottom.
Also the TV can be dismantled into two. The delivery people did that for me pretty quickly.
Hope it works out for you.