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Stand. Cable (720p vs 1080p)

gosmosis
03-30-2008, 08:51 AM
I would love to get a few quick responses to this question. Need to go to BB this morning and pick out LCD for my parents. They are basically cheap and won't see the value of few more hundred dollars to get 1080p vs 720p. BUT....

90% of what they watch will be dish network - standard cable. Not HD. Will a 1080p provide any better picture for that than a 720p? If not - then I should get them a 720p due to better pricing. They are in their 70's, so really will never adopt blu-ray. At best, I may convince them to buy a decent upconvert DVD player.

Any quick comments would be appreciated.

Jim Bob Jones
03-30-2008, 09:14 AM
The SD upconversion/reproduction capability of digital tvs is set/manufacturer dependent. But if your parents don't care about such things or some future proofing, I'd go with the less expensive set.

pappylap
03-30-2008, 09:16 AM
Best reason to go with 1080p is for Blu-ray or HD-Dvd or if display is used as a computer monitor a great deal of the time added resolution helps with graphics......So get your parents a 720/1080 set.........

amf1932
03-30-2008, 10:17 AM
I would love to get a few quick responses to this question. Need to go to BB this morning and pick out LCD for my parents. They are basically cheap and won't see the value of few more hundred dollars to get 1080p vs 720p. BUT....

90% of what they watch will be dish network - standard cable. Not HD. Will a 1080p provide any better picture for that than a 720p? If not - then I should get them a 720p due to better pricing. They are in their 70's, so really will never adopt blu-ray. At best, I may convince them to buy a decent upconvert DVD player.

Any quick comments would be appreciated.
Save yourself some money and get a 720p for them. The difference between the two resolutions will most likely not be noticeable, unless your parents are eagle eyed, like members of this forum. ;)

clearday
03-30-2008, 10:39 AM
I don't know too much about dish network, but some providers don't charge any more for HD vs SD set top boxes, and if it's the same, your parents would sure like the HD better, so maybe check that out for them.

I agree with above either way, 720p is fine.

Scottnot
03-30-2008, 11:31 AM
There are actually some very plausible explanations why SD content may look better on 720 than 1080 (all other things equal).

One goes like this:

SD content contains about 350,000 pixels.

A 720 set must display about 1,000,000 pixels.
Therefore 65% of the displayed image will be interpolated.

A 1080 set must display about 2,000,000 pixels.
Therefore, 82.5% of the displayed image will be interpolated.

Perhaps this is the source of some of the "debate" over SD PQ.
I've got a 720 set, and have always thought that my SD PQ was excellent, even better than my old CRT.