DonB2, I think you'd be wise to seek another opinion (Nextoo?) on the recording of 16:9. There are several posts in the 3575 thread (see #2073-2075 here for latest
) and ref. to other reviews in another thread that say it does record a 16:9 image if it is sent that way to the 3575.
The ref. to recording "modes" is misleading...there's no setting for recording modes involving aspect ratio. If there were, it would be for setting a flag and would be in the Recording menu. There's only a setting for TV aspect and it's in the Video menu, where I also set Progressive or Interlaced scan and Video Input (S-Video or Composite for E1).
, Toshibas are the only DVDRs that have an aspect ratio setting in the Recording menu where you can specify which ratio you want the recording to be "flagged" as. Nextoo...?
When I record a 16:9 show from one of my 3575's digital HD channels, it shows up letterboxed since I set the TV aspect in the 3575 to 4:3 (the actual TV it's connected to). If I change the TV Aspect in the 3575's Video menu to 16:9 and play back the SAME 16:9 show on my 4:3 TV, it shows full screen with some of the ends cut off (logo in right corner is farther right, but still fully on screen). If I change my 3575's TV aspect to Pan and Scan, the same 16:9 show plays back tall and wider so the logo is not even on screen anymore.
P.S. I can see where some confusion *might* come from re: aspect ratio, recording, etc. The 3575, and prob. the Maggie too, has a Video menu in which the DEFAULT TV Aspect is 4:3. If someone with a 16:9 TV records a 16:9 show with the 3575's default setting, it will playback as if the attached TV were 4:3, and the thought would then be that the show was recorded in 4:3 aspect!?
Then, again, there's the distinct possibility that I'M
the only one confused!?