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Resolution Confusion

12-27-2004, 04:26 PM
The Samsung I have been looking at (50 in DLP on the pedastal) is the one that I have made up my mind to get. But since I have talked to a friend of mine that has a Panasonic 50 in LCD now I am not sure. The native resolution of the samsung is 1280 x 720. If the TV recieves a 1080 signal (which many comcast HD programs are broadcast in) it converts it to 720. My question is, is it worth it to spend 3K on a TV that only will allow for 720? His TV he says has the capability to convert to 1080. What do you think?

12-27-2004, 05:03 PM
Not true your friends Panny lcd is also a fixed panel display and its native resolution is the same as the sammy at 1280x 720.

The Sammy will be brighter and look better,BUT will have rainbows the panny will not produce blacks as good and have the screen door effect. Total confused, Welcome to our club :confused: , jojo

12-27-2004, 10:02 PM
720p is as good, or not better than 1080i.

12-27-2004, 10:02 PM
Yes jojo...you are right...both tv's would convert 1080 to 720...however the screendoor effect would be prevalent in both sets...b/c of the nature of both technologies...in DLP it would appear b/c the space in between the hinged prisms...on LCD it would be b/c the LCD panels would have small spaces between the sub-pixel...

12-27-2004, 10:05 PM
sub-pixel on a LCD being a diode for blue, a diode for red, and a diode for green...it takes either one pure diode, or a combination of diodes to create the colors...not to be confused with plasma b/c on plasma they are gas filled cells...not diodes...(even though plasma calls them the same thing...)

Mark Morrow
01-04-2005, 02:31 PM
Both 720p and 1080i look good on my Samsung DLP ( the TV does indeed "downconvert" to 720p ). Most people think that 1080i is inherently better because they see a higher line resolution but this is not always so. Because 720p is PROGRESSIVE, you're actually getting 720 lines for every frame as compared to 540 when viewing a 1080i broadcast. Which one is better? 1080i tends to be "better" for more static images and 720p tends to be better for images with more movement. Thus, for DVDs and HD viewing, most experts would argue that 720p is actually clearer. The only thing that would truly trounce a 720p picture is a 1080p picture.