HDTV Viewable Screen Size - Same as CRT?

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I measured the viewable screen size of my JVC 28" CRT and it came out at 26". I've never measured it before and was a bit miffed that it came out 2" shorter!?. Do current LCD's / Plasma's share the same habit or do you get the full 'quoted' screen size to view? Cheers!
 

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TV screen sizes are measured diagonally, which could be where your missing inches have gone....

LCD and plasma screens also have a slightly larger viewable area than CRTs, as they typically have much smaller screen-surrounds.
 
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Hi Clare

Yep, that's how I've measured it. I've got one of the 5 year old Interiart JVC's with the green frame around the screen so maybe the frame is covering the screen more than usual? Maybe a 32" LCD will make a bigger (viewing) difference than I previously thought.

Thanks very much!
 
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Yes, I think viewable area for CRTs is about 2" less than the real screen size (my 32" philips gives just 30" viewable area).
 
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32" = 30", a bit like size zero girls. They shouldn't really exist at all! ;-)
 

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[quote user="starling"]I measured the viewable screen size of my JVC 28" CRT and it came out at 26". I've never measured it before and was a bit miffed that it came out 2" shorter!?. Do current LCD's / Plasma's share the same habit or do you get the full 'quoted' screen size to view? Cheers![/quote]

Do we have a definative answer on this? My Panny 28" CRT is 26" diagonally. But if I bought a 26" LCD it would really be 26" in size, not 24" as (just like TFT PC monitors) there is no screen border. So people can downsize without downsizing in effect ...
 

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The viewable screen size of an LCD or Plasma should be the size quoted .The loss of inches with a CRT is because the quoted size is usually the diagonal size of the tube used and not just for the area which can display a picture.My Panasonic TH-37PX70 measures 37 inches diagonally, wheras my old "28 inch" Panasonic CRT had a viewable diagonal of just over 26 inches.
 

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