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  1. Onceabum

    Onceabum TS Member

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    I got rid of my old 27" TV of 17 years and bought a new 37 inch flat screen. What a difference! Clearer picture but that is the only thing I like about it. The people have all gained 100 lbs, grown 6 to 8 inches wider (head included) and are only about five foot tall, plus much of the time the top half of their head is gone. Will I ever get used to it?

    Woe is me!

    Booger
     
  2. Mr Newbius©

    Mr Newbius© TS Member

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    Try raising the television farther off the floor so your looking more up at the screen, that along with getting it higher from the floor will make everything and everyone look taller and also keep there heads from getting chopped off because of the height of the television from the floor.
     
  3. AveragEd

    AveragEd Well-Known Member

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    I have the same gripe with Widescreen TVs and computer monitors. You don't really see more of the picture widthwise - unless the actual broadcast is in Widescreen, the picture is stretched to fit the wider screen. But even when I've watched a Widescreen DVD on my laptop, which has a Widescreen monitor, I stil have the bars at the top and bottom.

    I'll stick with the good old standard design for now.

    Ed
     
  4. mixer

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    Since most programs are shown in the older square 4:3 ratio they will be stretched if your tv is set for 16:9 widescreen ratio. The problem is that most buyers of the newer flat panel widescreen tv's want everything to fill the screen and then complain about images looking squashed and yes even with a 16:9 show there will be black bars at the top and bottom.


    Eric
     
  5. comp 1

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    You might also check to see if your tv settings show a ZOOM feature--it's easy to set it to this while trying to stretch the picture .If it's cutting off people's heads and not showing any crawlers across the screen it could be on zoom.
     
  6. perazzitms

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    Just bite the bullet and watch the 'FULL' mode for a while.

    In a few days, you'll get used to it and it will actually look more normal than the 'normal' mode.

    Get HD service. It's worth it and you'll actually get to use your new TV to it's complete potential.
     
  7. Onceabum

    Onceabum TS Member

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    Your suggestions have helped a lot. I learned to use the ratio button to get the type of picture I want. Thanks, everyone!

    Booger
     
  8. Hauxfan

    Hauxfan Well-Known Member

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    I love it when someone's "light" comes on. You know the one. You can always tell because they say, "duh".........

    Us old folk are still learning.........lol lol

    Hauxfan!
     
  9. Onceabum

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    One more request, please. Is there a certain way to clean the screen on the flat TV, a specific type of rag, or spray? Thanks.
     
  10. wylekiot

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    Hi Booger, Love that handle. Just bought a new 40" LCD, salesman said no window cleaner, just dust with a dry soft cloth. OK to use window cleaner on plasma screens, as they are glass. Thanks, Ken
     
  11. mixer

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    If you're looking at a new set make sure it's 1020p resolution especially if you're going to subscribe to HD service. 720p is good but 1020p is state of the art. FYI analog tv's are only around 420 lines of resolution.

    One more item of interest, next year when all broadcast goes full digital, you'll only need a converter box if your analog tv uses a roof top or rabbit ears antenna. If you're hooked up to cable or sat service you don't have to worry.


    Eric
     
  12. Onceabum

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    Thanks Ken...Juno...Eric for the info.

    Booger
     
  13. cubancigar2000

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    I love my new Plasma 52 inch Vizio - there are three selections to change the picture to alleviate what you are experiencing
     
  14. Frank C

    Frank C Well-Known Member

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    My LCD came with a cloth and instructions to clean ONLY with a damp cloth with water.....read your manual....
     
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