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Is C-Net reliable? PDP-5080 quesitons!

PimpMario
03-23-2008, 08:29 PM
So I have narrowed my choices down and the PDP-5080 seems great.

The C-Net review acts like this TV has some of the best blacks ever, thus they gave it one of their BEST reviews ever.

What do you guys think of C-Net? What do you think of the PDP-5080? Is there anything better for roughly $2500? Also, is the PDP-5010 a huge step forward?

C-Net doesn't list this set at 1080p? I always thought to really appreciate Blu-Rays you need a set that was 1080p and 50 inches and larger. In that case should I look for a 1080p set?

http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/pioneer-kuro-pdp-5080/4505-6482_7-32476901.html?tag=tpr

MidnightWatche
03-23-2008, 10:06 PM
I have the PDP-5080 and it is truly amazing. It is 768p and not 1080p, but that doesn't matter. I've compared this set with a few 1080p sets, and the PDP-5080 wins, hands down. This is the first HDTV set where I have zero buyers remorse. My last TV was a Samsung 4669 which is 1080p and though it looked great it doesn't compare to the 5080 imo (which also does a great job with standard definition).

By the way, even though the 5080 is 768p it will accept full 1080/24p signals and do true 3:3 pulldown. The 120Hz LCDs that I've seen do frame interpolation only (which looks hideously unnatural) and do not do 5:5 pulldown (though some may).

Read this face off (http://www.hometheatermag.com/lcds/208hdface/index.html) of various HDTVs. The Pioneer PDP-5080 came out on top.

PimpMario
03-23-2008, 10:42 PM
I have the PDP-5080 and it is truly amazing. It is 768p and not 1080p, but that doesn't matter. I've compared this set with a few 1080p sets, and the PDP-5080 wins, hands down. This is the first HDTV set where I have zero buyers remorse. My last TV was a Samsung 4669 which is 1080p and though it looked great it doesn't compare to the 5080 imo (which also does a great job with standard definition).

By the way, even though the 5080 is 768p it will accept full 1080/24p signals and do true 3:3 pulldown. The 120Hz LCDs that I've seen do frame interpolation only (which looks hideously unnatural) and do not do 5:5 pulldown (though some may).

Read this face off (http://www.hometheatermag.com/lcds/208hdface/index.html) of various HDTVs. The Pioneer PDP-5080 came out on top.

Thanks for your response. Most of what you said was a little over my head. So it does 768p natively...

Does that mean on my PS3 I would set it to 720P or 1080i...

I don't really get it.

Would this affect how good Blu-Rays look?

PimpMario
03-23-2008, 11:20 PM
Another question I have is about video games.

I have now read several sources that say the PDP-5080 is amazing and great.

But it seems all of those sources only comment on HD TV, Blu-Rays, DVD, etc.

They never talk about video games. This has me scared. Would this TV be amazing for watching movies but worse than other for video games because of the 768p? Obviously they don't develop video games with that aspect ratio in mind.

MidnightWatche
03-24-2008, 12:21 AM
Thanks for your response. Most of what you said was a little over my head. So it does 768p natively...

Does that mean on my PS3 I would set it to 720P or 1080i...

I don't really get it.

Would this affect how good Blu-Rays look?
You would set it for anything you like, even 1080p/24. Blu-ray movies will look fantastic.

MidnightWatche
03-24-2008, 12:22 AM
Another question I have is about video games.

I have now read several sources that say the PDP-5080 is amazing and great.

But it seems all of those sources only comment on HD TV, Blu-Rays, DVD, etc.

They never talk about video games. This has me scared. Would this TV be amazing for watching movies but worse than other for video games because of the 768p? Obviously they don't develop video games with that aspect ratio in mind.
Video games will work great. Just don't leave the same screen on for hours upon hours or you'll experience image retention/burn in.

PimpMario
03-24-2008, 12:48 AM
Video games will work great. Just don't leave the same screen on for hours upon hours or you'll experience image retention/burn in.

I am not worried about burn in more so about if this TV will look as good as any other TV.

pappylap
03-24-2008, 05:22 AM
I am not worried about burn in more so about if this TV will look as good as any other TV.

The display will look better than just about anything out there. The only sets above it would be the KURO 1080p elite series....make sure you become familiar with the break-in procedure...

Joe_news
03-25-2008, 01:14 AM
Another question I have is about video games.

I have now read several sources that say the PDP-5080 is amazing and great.

But it seems all of those sources only comment on HD TV, Blu-Rays, DVD, etc.

They never talk about video games. This has me scared. Would this TV be amazing for watching movies but worse than other for video games because of the 768p? Obviously they don't develop video games with that aspect ratio in mind.

768p actually exceeds 720p standard, and the image is scaled accordingly. Personally I find the picture a little sharper when I feed my 5080 a 1080p signal from my PS3 then 720p.

Detailed Reason: A common native resolution used in HDTV panels is 1366 x 768 pixels instead of the ATSC Standard 1280 x 720 pixels. This is due to maximization of manufacturing yield and resolution of VGA, VRAM that comes with a 768 pixel format. Nevertheless, every HDTV has an overscan processing chipset to fix resolution scaling and color rendering, eg LG XD Engine, SONY BRAVIA Engine.

PS: Its great for gaming, I game on mine very often.