Good luck on your search for a bigger than 40 inch 4:3 Tube, if 4:3 is your goal. I have a wonderful 38 inch 16 x 9 wide F-38310 screen.
To answer your question about rear projection, it will not beat out direct view in either 4:3 or 16 X 9. Direct view is the way to go for the best picture money can buy. I wish they would make a larger 16 X 9 than the F-38310 say 50 inches, I don't care about the price, I care about the quality!
Measurement you can expect from new 40 if you buy it, 20 inches High by 33.5 wide
Measuring 4:3 you take 1/2 of the diaginol as your height, and subtract 6.5 inches from the width. My 38 inch 16 by 9 take 1/2 of the diaginol as your height 19", as your with 7/8 or devide 8 into the same diaginol then multiply by 7 = 33.25 inches in width in using a calculater. Only a 1/4 inch difference in width between your 40 inch 4:3 and my 38 inch 16 x 9 in width and 1 inch in height. I hope this helps
Hi Hob, thanks much for your input, it was very nice of you to explain all of that to me. So, if I understand you correctly you are saying that there is only 1" of difference in height and 1/4" in width in screen size between the Sony and your set ?
There is a problem though, isn't it true that when I would be watching 4/3 material on your 16/9 TV, there would be black or gray vertical bars on the sides and that the only way to get rid of them is to go into 'wide' mode ?
My own opinion is..a person should be a WS tv as of 2003. Let us say a tv will last for 10 years. My last tv lasted 13 years. I am reasonably sure, within 3 years, you will want to have a WS display. Better to buy one now than wish you had one in 3 or 4 years. For $2000 (my opinion) the Sony 34RBR800 is the one to buy now. Last night I was watching Western Channel and 'Gunsmoke: (1962) looked just fine over the WS display. You will want to watch HD programming soon and, remember, the standard is 1080i- WS. I get the networks 'free' and it is the best way to receive HD. Even the local stations, doing only digital, look as good as DVD. For them you have choice of 3 x 4 or 9 x 16 formats. Local stations will be doing news, etc. in HD in several years I imagine. And, whether you choose satellite or cable or OTA, there will be much more HD content in 2 years to view. Right now, there is more HD than many people realize. Forget all the numbers as to picture size and buy a WS HD now. I am sure you will be pleased with your purchase..now and in future.
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