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HD on ED

bibarnes
11-23-2007, 02:12 PM
2 years ago we bought an ED 42" Samsung display. The picture is great and last year we bought a Bose sound system to go with it. My question is, would putting the HDTV package on from DirectTv actually show a difference. I spoke with a young lady at DirectTv and all she kept saying was that HD was different from ED. I asked if I could try the HD and return it if it wasn't worth the expense, that was silly of me.

Before anyone says anything about "why did I buy ED instead of HD", it was what I could afford at the time. Now the HD 1080p cost less than what I paid for the ED. If I waited until the new came out I woud still be waiting to get the newfangled 14" color tv.

TIA
Bill:what:

clearday
11-23-2007, 02:48 PM
I was told that ED tv's can receive an HD signal, but will downconvert it to 480, so there would be no advantage to picture quality, only that you could probably receive extra HD tier channels.

Not worth much in my opinion because almost all HD channels are also SD.

hdaddict
11-23-2007, 03:36 PM
2 years ago we bought an ED 42" Samsung display. The picture is great and last year we bought a Bose sound system to go with it. My question is, would putting the HDTV package on from DirectTv actually show a difference. I spoke with a young lady at DirectTv and all she kept saying was that HD was different from ED. I asked if I could try the HD and return it if it wasn't worth the expense, that was silly of me.

Before anyone says anything about "why did I buy ED instead of HD", it was what I could afford at the time. Now the HD 1080p cost less than what I paid for the ED. If I waited until the new came out I woud still be waiting to get the newfangled 14" color tv.

TIA
Bill:what:Get the HD package from DirectTv.....you will not be dissapointed as your ED panel CAN display HD signals and it will look phenomenal on your ED, the first person to respond to you doesn't know what he is talking about. The HD resolution will be downscaled to the ED panels native 480p but it will look light years better than SD signals. Ask anyone on this board that owns a Panasonic 42"ED panel and they will agree.......I own a 42" Panny ED and a 50" Panny HD panel and believe me from 10' they both look stunning with a HD feed. You will not want to watch SD programming on your t.v. once you get the HD....trust me on this.

I can't stand it when someone offers advise and doesn't really know what they are talking about when they've never seen an HD signal fed through a ED set. Yes it isn't 720p or 1080p but you will be pleasantly surprised.

hdaddict
11-23-2007, 03:38 PM
I was told that ED tv's can receive an HD signal, but will downconvert it to 480, so there would be no advantage to picture quality, only that you could probably receive extra HD tier channels.

Not worth much in my opinion because almost all HD channels are also SD.If you've not seen HD fed to an ED set then your opinion is useless. HD on a good ED panel with good internal scalers looks excellent and far better than any SD broadcast.

BrianO
11-23-2007, 04:05 PM
If you've not seen HD fed to an ED set then your opinion is useless. HD on a good ED panel with good internal scalers looks excellent and far better than any SD broadcast.

Excellent points. :)

I would also add that HD downconverted to 480i for display on an analogue TV is very good as well. Nowhere near as good as HD on an HDTV, but still very good and sharper than a good analogue picture on the same TV.

BobY
11-28-2007, 12:28 PM
That's really the thing to keep in mind--downscaled HD transmissions on an ED display will look better than SD transmissions on an ED display but not nearly as good as HD tranmissions on an HD display.

Only you can decide whether it's worth the cost to pay for HD channels and not watch them in HD...

360kid
11-28-2007, 02:21 PM
Of course the HD service will look better. For one you are starting with a sharper, cleaner image. Yes it is getting downscaled, but it will look much better than SD. Think of it like anti aliasing on your video games. Games are programed at 2 to 4 times the resolution they are actually played at. The reason is they give you a sharper overall image. This is the same thing. You are taking an image that has twice the resolution and displaying it at a smaller res, the results will be the same as a game, much better looking.

Second, most SD channels are 4:3 and need to be stretched to fill the screen, whereas the HD version of the same channel will display the image in 16:9 widescreen. At the very least you will cease some of the stretchin or zooming of the channel.

Definetely get the HD reciever.