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Thumbs down tv aspect ratio

I am new to this modern technology, I have a Denon DN-500BD player. it is asking me to pick a tv aspect ratio, (16:9 full, 16:9 normal, 4:3 pan & scan, and 4:3 letter box.) could some one help me with what it is asking. thanks
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You will want one of the 16:9 choices. Which one I can't tell for sure. I suggest you consult the user's manual. You will want the choice that displays wide screen material in 16:9 and displays 4:3 material with black bars on either side and thus does not distort the contents.

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Most likely 16:9 normal, as that should play back everything as intended (4:3 should have black bars on the sides, and 2.35 should have bars on the top/bottom). 16:9 "full" usually will zoom in or stretch the source image to fill the whole tv screen, even if the source image is 4:3 or 2.35. That's assuming you have a modern widescreen television.
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thanks, I have learned a lot messing with this player, the 16:9 normal does seem to work better. after doing some research, it seems that some think the full means stretching the picture to fit the screen, and some think it means using the full pixel. so go figure. anyway thanks for you all's help.

I have a sharp LC-75N620CU 4k smart TV

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I wonder whether "full" means some stretch mode, or whether it shows the full image (without overscan).

If it's the latter, I'd choose full. I'm not sure why some TVs are set to default to overscan, which loses some of the image at the edges.
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