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Old 10-27-2011, 03:12 PM   #1
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Default Sony BDP-S580 Screen Format Setting Question

Which screen format setting should I choose: Original or Fixed Aspect Ratio?

I have a Sony KDL60NX720 3D LED HDTV.

Original: select when connected to a TV with a wide mode function; displays a 4:3 screen picture
in 16:9 aspect ratio even on a wide-screen TV

Fixed Aspect Ratio: changes the picture size to fit the screen size with the original picture aspect ratio
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For a while I couldn't figure that out either and I had a number of email conversations with Sony tech support, who didn't know what the hell they were talking about.

I asked them to explain each setting to me as their descriptions make absolutely no sense. I bet their user guides were written by some contractor who knows nothing about HDTV and/or they were poorly translated from Japanese.

But it was like talking to a fish.

I think the reason I originally contacted them was because I couldn't get 1.33:1 movies to display at 1:33:1 on my wide screen Sony. They wanted me to change the resolution of the player (or the TV) to 480i. That got me completely enraged. I wrote something like, "why would you ever tell anybody who just spent a lot of money on an HDTV to lower their resolution so that they're no longer watching HDTV."

But I think I finally figured out that Original was the proper setting. Ignore the description. At most resolutions with a wide screen TV, Original/Fixed makes no difference anyway.

Sony might make a great TV and an okay BD player, but their tech support is completely incompetent (and they don't know how to read.) In the end, they stopped responding to my emails.
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I believe Fixed Aspect Ratio is the proper option. At least that's what I have it set to and it automatically adjusts the picture to the right ratio.
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I believe Fixed Aspect Ratio is the proper option. At least that's what I have it set to and it automatically adjusts the picture to the right ratio.
I fooled w/ this setting tonight and searched here to see what others thought about this labeling.

Rodyon is correct, if you want to see the correct aspect ratio.

If you select "Original" it is impossible to see the program in it's original 4x3 ratio. It will be stretched. You can toggle through your TVs aspect ratio, but you will not be able to see it in 4x3.

The name is not clear. When you select Fixed Aspect Ratio, you can see the full 4x3 image.
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I fooled w/ this setting tonight and searched here to see what others thought about this labeling.

Rodyon is correct, if you want to see the correct aspect ratio.

If you select "Original" it is impossible to see the program in it's original 4x3 ratio. It will be stretched. You can toggle through your TVs aspect ratio, but you will not be able to see it in 4x3.
The name is not clear. When you select Fixed Aspect Ratio, you can see the full 4x3 image.
I have my S770 set to original and last night I watched Beavis and Butthead Vol.4 and it displayed it correctly at 4X3.
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My sony BDP S580 has stopped playing in English. It will play in French or Spanish. Even doing factory reset has made no difference. Any ideas?
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