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Perhaps someone could comment on the stretch modes (smooth-wide, etc.) affect on stock and sports tickers at the bottom of a screen and score boxes in the upper corners. Any sets do a better job with stretch modes than others? In particular I'm considering the 47" Panny, 43" & 53" Hitachis and 42" & 50" Toshibas.


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One problem you will have in this thread is that the terminology is different on all brands. Toshiba: Full = Mitsubishi: Standard, etc. Throw in Expand, CinemaWide, TheaterWide (1-3), etc. and this discussion will become hard to follow.


Anyway, I can't tolerate any stretch modes as I like to see things in their proper aspect ratio with no distortion. If you are concerned about how tickers look moving across the bottom of the screen, there are only two modes that will make them look OK, though. The normal 4:3 mode with gray bars on the sides, of course is one. Then, the "full" or "standard" mode which is normally used to watch anamorphic DVDs. The stretch in that mode is at least linear so the letters won't shrink and stretch as they move across the bottom of the screen. Everything will look too wide, but at least it won't be distorting differently as it moves across the screen. All the TVs you mention have those two modes.


All the other modes will stretch the image in a nonlinear manner and/or chop off the top/sides of the image to some degree. If you can live with that, fine, you should probably just go look at all the sets you are considering and see which mode you like the best.
 

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I find the ZOOM mode of my Panasonic to be very handy. I view all news that way now, lowering the picture to get those damned scrolls, tickers and logos out of view.
 
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