Aspect ratio

Agnès E.

Senior Member
France, French
Bonjour ! :)

Oh la la, I have no idea of what this mean: The best TVs have an aspect ratio of six to nine.

I'm afraid I have absolutely no further context.
Would someone explain me, please?

Thank you in advance!
  • suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    Hi - is is to do with the size of the screen? 9 units horizontally and 6 upwards? Just a guess, of course!


    I guess it's sixteen to nine (16:9): it's the spreading aspect ratio for TV screens and it means that there's a ratio of 16 to 9 between the height and the width of the screen.


    Senior Member
    Australia - English
    It is the basically about the relationship between the width and height of the picture and more particularly, how that is displayed on your TV. Movies have almost always been filmed in an oblong shape but TV's have, until recently, been basically square. This has therefore meant a compromise by either cropping the picture or modifying the picture to fit onto a square screen, the result of which means that the picture doesn't appear the way it was intended. The aspect ratio you choose will determine whether you see the picture in full resolution and in the same dimensions as it was filmed, or you see a distorted or cropped image. Widescreen TVs attempt to remedy this problem, so now we have a choice, the aspect ratio numbers have become more significant.


    Senior Member
    Aspect ratio is also used in engineering, especially Aeronautics to describe an aeroplane's wing shape. Sailplanes have high aspect ratios, Jet fighters have low aspect ratios.


    Senior Member
    Australia - English
    I have a hard enough time deciding which TV to buy now, with all the different options, I think I'd just give up if we had to consider their aerodynamic qualities as well :D


    Senior Member
    Well, just to make your purchase decision even more difficult,
    aspect ratio is also used in the specifications of bar codes, to
    describe the relationship of the width of the wide and narrow bars. Remember that when you are in the checkout line to pay for your aerodynamic boob tube.
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