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aspect ratio You have three choices for the way widescreen movies will be displayed on your
television. The choice should be determined by the capabilities of your television
as well as your personal preference.
• 4:3 — If you have a 4:3 display and prefer to have it ﬁlled at all times, the
disc player will look for an available 4:3 version of the movie on any disc
you insert, and play that version.
• 16:9 — If you have a modern, widescreen display that supports different
aspect ratios (including an anamorphic mode), select the 16:9 option.
Doing so passes the contents of the disc to your television without
addressing the aspect ratio. In effect, you are telling the disc player that the
television will be responsible for handling the aspect ratio duties.
• letterbox — If you have a 4:3 display, but prefer to see widescreen movies
in their original form, the disc player can create a “letterbox” version of the
movie for you within the 4:3 frame of your television. This will result in
black bars above and below the picture, but will show you all of the picture
as the director and cinematographer originally framed it.
preference The DVD standard supports multiple soundtracks and languages, all on the
same disc. This versatility can make playing a DVD more complicated than you
might like. By establishing your preferences, the disc player will be able to select
the right soundtrack and language without you having to search through menus.
audio format Many DVDs have multiple soundtracks, in different formats. You can state your
preference (assuming it is available) by pressing the audio format button
• automatic — selects the “best” available soundtrack automatically.
Preference is given to soundtracks with a greater number of discrete
channels (e.g., 5.1 rather than 2.0).
• PCM — if you prefer uncompressed digital audio, even if it means fewer
channels, select the PCM option.
• Dolby 5.1 — states a preference for 5.1 channel Dolby Digital
soundtracks if they are available.
• Dolby stereo — indicates a preference for soundtracks intended to be
reproduced via Dolby Pro Logic or Dolby Pro Logic II decoding matrix.
• DTS — when selected, the DTS (Digital Theater Systems) soundtrack is
played automatically, provided one is available.