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Q5. What does the Aspect button control?

Answer:

The Aspect button allows you to change the shape of the television image depending on the format of the received signal, and your viewing performance.
For example, standard analog (4:3) images with black side bars can be stretched to fill your TV's wide (16:9) aspect. However, high definition signals (720P/1080i) which originated as 4:3 images with side bars and are up-converted by broadcaster to 16:9 can not be changed on some models.
The following models employ a new "H-FILL" mode or "4:3 Full" mode which allows you to change the aspect on high definition signals (720P/1080i). Please contact the shop you purchase or the Global Service Center Network for further information.

"H-FILL" mode Models: only USA
TH-42PD60U, TH-37PX60U, TH-42PX60U, TH-50PX60U, TH-58PX60U, TH-42PX600U,
TH-50PX600U and TH-58PX600U

"4:3 Full" mode Models: except USA
TH-37PA60E/H/M,TH-42PA60A/C/E/H/L/M/MT,TH-42PV600AZ/C/E/H/M/MT
TH-42PV60A/C/E/H/M/MT,TH-50PV600AZ/C/E/H/M/MT,TH-50PV60A/C/E/L
TH-37PD60E,TH-42PD60E,TH-37PX60E,TH-37PV60E,TH-42PX60E,TH-50PX60E
TH-37PX600E,TH-37PV600E,TH-42PX600E,TH-50PX600E

Aspect Controls

Let you choose the aspect depending on the format of the received signal and your preference.
Press to change the aspect mode.

    Note:
    the available aspect modes depend on the receiving signal.
  • 480i(4:3),480i(16:9),480p(4:3),480p(16:9): 4:3,Full Just or Zoom
  • 1080i/720p : 16:9 only

Mode Picture Explanation
4:3 Displays a 4:3 picture at its standard 4:3 size with gray side bars. (it may create an image retention on screen if displayed for a prolonged period of time.)
Zoom Expands a 4:3 picture uniformly (width and height) to full screen width and then repositions the picture vertically. (Recommended for letterbox. This will show picture at full screen size.)
Full Displays a picture at full screen size. (Recommended for anamorphic pictures.)
Just Stretches the right and left edges of a 4:3 pictures to fill the screen, and the center of the screen has aspect correction applied. The size of the picture depends on the original signal.(Recommended for regular TV viewing.)

The following is modes available for models below:

For USA:
TH-42PD60U, TH-37PX60U, TH-42PX60U, TH-50PX60U, TH-58PX60U, TH-42PX600U,
TH-50PX600U and TH-58PX600U

For Europe:
TH-37PD60E,TH-42PD60E,TH-37PA60E,TH-42PA60E,TH-37PX60E,TH-37PV60E,TH-42PX60E,
TH-42PV60E, TH-50PX60E,TH-50PV60E,TH-37PX600E,TH-37PV600E,TH-42PX600E,
TH-42PV600E,TH-50PX600E and TH-50PV600E