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I found a review on-line about my projector that I will be getting on thursday.

These are the recommendations for set-up for HT use...


Enter the menu and select Function, then Screen, then Resizing. Under Resizing, select No, then Enter, to save the setting. To display anamorphic (enhanced) widescreen material, you then select NTSC Wide on the Display menu. For standard 4:3 material, select NTSC. The latter displays 640x480 pixels, and NTSC Wide projects 800x480. The latter calculates to an aspect ratio of 1.66:1 (the European widescreen aspect ratio), but this did not result in any visible aberrations.


To play standard letterbox (non-anamorphic) material, you must use the NTSC setting (not NTSC Wide). But the letterbox will then appear in the center of the smaller 4:3 NTSC picture. To then fill the screen width with this letterbox, you must zoom the image up, or switch to VGA in the Resizing menu. The first option requires a very long throw distance (lens-to-screen)—my experience suggests at least 18 feet for a 78-inch wide picture. Switching to VGA rescales the image to use the full 1024x768 pixel count of the LCD panel. While you might think that this resizing would increase the quality of the image, SS reports the opposite; the most obvious effect of the rescaling is an increase in visible motion artifacts.


My question is , what's the point of having an XGA set if I am only going to use 800x480 and 640x480 for most material?

Could I have just purchased a unit that does 800x600?

What exactly do VGA, SVGA, XGA and etc. mean?




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