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so im looking into buying my first HD tv. most of what i will be watching is standard 4:3 cable TV. is there an easy way to tell how big a 4:3 image will be on a 16x9 tv? im thinking that to get a decent size 4:3 image im gonna need to go upwards of 50" on a 16:9tv.
 

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Originally posted by NatGun
so im looking into buying my first HD tv. most of what i will be watching is standard 4:3 cable TV. is there an easy way to tell how big a 4:3 image will be on a 16x9 tv? im thinking that to get a decent size 4:3 image im gonna need to go upwards of 50" on a 16:9tv.
A quick rule of thumb is that a 16:9 TV needs to be 20% larger (diagonal size) to have the same sized image for 4:3 material. Thus a 16:9 TV with 42" diagonal has the same image size for 4:3 material as as a 4:3 set with 35" diagonal.
 
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