1 January 1992 Perceived image quality of 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratio video displays
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With the development of high-definition television (HDTV) systems came the 16:9 (width to height) viewing image aspect ratio. This is compared to the National Television System Committee (NTSC) standard ratio of 4:3 (width to height). This variation in width-to-height aspect ratio has led to the question of which ratio is preferred by the viewing public. The use of a paired-comparison preference-judgment experiment is described that was designed to determine whether or not significant differences exist in image preference between the two aspect ratios. Observers were asked to choose a preferred image from a set of two (NTSC versus HDTV) of various image sizes over 84 separate trials. Three separate image types were used in the study: a portrait, a landscape, and a still life. The results indicate that image quality perception is a function of image aspect ratio. The HDTV image was preferred for all three image types.
Brant D. Nystrom, Brant D. Nystrom, Mark D. Fairchild, Mark D. Fairchild, } "Perceived image quality of 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratio video displays," Journal of Electronic Imaging 1(1), (1 January 1992). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.55178 . Submission:

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