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Old 11-30-05, 02:54 PM
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Will a 26" widescreen LCD be too small?

I am in the process of upgrading televisions in my apartment. For the bedroom I currently have a 20" flatscreen Toshiba CRT.

I will be watching a lot of television that is 4:3 on the new tv in the bedroom. Will a 26" widescreen LCD be too small or the same as viewing 4:3 on a 20" CRT? All these numbers and I tried to do the calculations but my head is spinning.

Basically, I don't want the 4:3 image to be smaller than what I get on my 20". I'd actually prefer it to be bigger.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-30-05, 03:35 PM
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Personally, I'd go with a 30", 32", or even a 37" if you can find a great deal (and afford it).

The math part.. I have no idea. Go big and forget the calculator.
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Old 11-30-05, 03:37 PM
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I recall seeing somewhere a link that had conversions of the 4:3 size equivalent for differnet size widescreen tv's, but couldn't find it the other day when I was looking for it.

Hopefully someone else will know it and post it as I'd like to see it again as well.
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Old 11-30-05, 03:45 PM
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I made my own in Excel once. That's what happens when you are an accountant AND an HT freak.

4:3 size on 26" 16:9 TV is:

ca. 21.23" diagonal.
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Old 11-30-05, 06:01 PM
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Found this http://www.cnet.com.au/hometheatre/t...0056920,00.htm
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Old 11-30-05, 06:13 PM
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this is the one i always use http://www.cavecreations.com/tv2.cgi
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Old 11-30-05, 06:18 PM
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Thank you for all the useful information! Looks like the 26" widescreen will be perfection.
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Old 11-30-05, 07:17 PM
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I got a 23" and its just the right size for a bedroom. This is because it crops some of the top and bottom, and stretches a little to fill most of the screen without losing any necessary picture for 4:3. Of course, I got the 23" because of a great deal and would probably be happy with the 26" if it was on sale as well.
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Old 11-30-05, 09:59 PM
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I replaced a 20inch 4:3 tv with a 26 inch 16:9 tv in my bedroom. I love it. Sometimes I wish I had splurged for the 32inch, but the size is just right for a bedroom set.
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Old 12-01-05, 08:03 AM
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Well, I ordered the 26" this morning. Thanks for your help!
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Oh, got here too late. What I wanted to mention was if you plan to do any gaming on this TV, 26" might be too small.
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Old 12-01-05, 09:50 AM
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All gaming will be done in the living room. Except maybe some old school NES in this one for the bedroom
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