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New 720p HDTV

paranormal5150
12-01-2007, 08:23 AM
I just recently got a 720p tv for Christmas from my girlfriend. I have read a lot of stuff around and on this forum that a downscaled 1080i image won't look as good on my 720p as a 720p image. And that made perfect since. So, I tried it. Although my tv isn't 1080.... a downscaled 1080i picture looks much noticably better. I tried watching rescue me in 720p for 30 minutes to get used to it and then went back to 1080 after 30 minutes. The 1080... much clearer. My tv is only a 32 inch. My dads tv is 60 inches. His has true 1080i... Although mine seems to look a bit clearer. Maybe it's because his lines are stretched out so far. Especially during gaming. The games look much better on my 32 inch 720p tv than his 60inch 1080i. Just thought I'd throw that out there. Of course I'd go with 1080i over 720p if given the choice but the new tv made a really cool early christmas present and was just saying it doesn't always look better to choose the native res. I mean yes it sounds right, it makes more sense to. But my eyes tell me different. Again I think it has to do with screen size too.

Scottnot
12-01-2007, 10:00 AM
I just recently got a 720p tv for Christmas from my girlfriend. I have read a lot of stuff around and on this forum that a downscaled 1080i image won't look as good on my 720p as a 720p image. And that made perfect since. So, I tried it. Although my tv isn't 1080.... a downscaled 1080i picture looks much noticably better. I tried watching rescue me in 720p for 30 minutes to get used to it and then went back to 1080 after 30 minutes. The 1080... much clearer.
Most likely you actually have a 768p set with native screen resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.
As for which is the better input to use, 720p vs 1080i, depends on the scaler (either in the DVD player or the TV) as well as the quality of the original content. Some have found that their 720p/768p sets, generally, provide a better picture using 720p input; others perceive that 1080i input is a bit better; and still others do not see any difference.
So, if you perceive that your set gives the best results with 1080i input, then by all means stick with it.

My dads tv is 60 inches. His has true 1080i...
Of course I'd go with 1080i over 720p if given the choice but the new tv made a really cool early christmas present and was just saying it doesn't always look better to choose the native res. I mean yes it sounds right, it makes more sense to. But my eyes tell me different. Again I think it has to do with screen size too.
Are you sure that your dad's set is 1080i? If it's somehow crt based, this is quite possible.
Were you to buy a new 1080 display LCD or plasma set, it would be a 1080p.
Yes, factor in viewing distance and screen size, 720p on a smaller set can easily "look" better than 1080p on a large set.
Nothing wrong with letting your eyes be the judge; good idea in fact.

paranormal5150
12-01-2007, 04:42 PM
My dads is an LCD but he got it a while ago and it was a few months before 1080p was released. I know it's native is 1080 but I'm not sure anything other than that. Mine is a 768. He got a new DVR today which does HD so I got his old HD reciever. So, I got directv high def on my tv now and it looks amazing. Still wouldn't mind having a few more channels although there are a lot now. There were only like 10 a few months ago now theres way more. I don't get the local channels in HD though and I live to far from our local channels to get them in HD with an antenna... except like the 70 dollar ones that pick up 80 miles away. Which I haven't felt like spending 70 dollars on an antenna for 3 channels lol