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Old 01-10-2007, 01:04 PM   #1  
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Hey,

Ive been researching all day really on which HDTV to get to watch movies, HD broadcast, and play a 360 on and I may have narrowed it down to a few but I want to know you guys' opinions!

To begin with, I thought I wanted the Westinghouse 42 1080p:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16889234002

However, after looking around, I saw a bunch of people talking about how much they liked it but I always find myself wanting the better thing! I know you guys know how I feel! But I wasnt sure if I should get a better contrast ratio than 1000:1 or what...So i looked around and of course more is better....

So this is what Ive come to, I think I like the Sharp Aquos 42 with 1200:1 contrast ratio and a quicker response time:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16889101097

However, I came to another conflict on whether or not I really need a 1080p TV? Im sure if I got one Id get an HD-DVD player for the 360 etc. but I still wasnt sure if it was worth it? My viewing distance from the TV will be about 9 feet which was optimum according to Crutchfield.

So here I am. Should I get a 1080p TV or just a 1080i? And can anyone tell me about the HDTV Tuner thats in the Aquos? What is it and why is it in there? Dont get me wrong Im still researching!

Oh and Im probably gonna go by BB and CC tonight just to look around at them...
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Old 01-10-2007, 01:29 PM   #2  
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Well, you're gonna get a zillion responses on this. But I would say:

- 1080p is fine if you're going to actually USE its advantages. That means Blu-Ray & lots of HD/1080p video games. There are NO HD broadcasts in 1080p nor will there be for likely quite some time. Blu-Ray has its own set of niggling "issues" that you'll have to contend with.

Otherwise, I personally would NOT pay extra to get 1080p support. Prices have fellen recently and we have all beaten the "Is 1080p worth it" horse to a bloody pulp. You'll have to assess the cost vs benefit ratio and go from there. Of course, for a FEW extra dollars getting 1080p support is a no brainer...its when there is a BIG cost difference that I start to see diminishing returns. The other catch is that 1080p appears to be best enjoyed on very large TV's which makes sense. So, is 42" the "right" size to benefit from 1080p? Thats been argued all day long too. I say no, but thats just me.

As for brands I would personally stick with top brands which for LCD most people consider Sharp, Sony, and Samsung in no particular order. That doesnt mean that another brand wouldnt work or that I might have missed a few but I generally wil spend a few more bucks upfront to get the top brands. Its a big purchase... a few hundred bucks saved initially isnt worth hassle down the road or missing features. Just my opinion....

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Its a big purchase... a few hundred bucks saved initially isnt worth hassle down the road or missing features. Just my opinion....
Yeah I definately agree. I think I will use the 1080p features however my concern was the same as yours...I just dont know if Ill be able to tell from 9' away the diff in 1080p and 1080i for 360 games or DVD's...
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Yeah I definately agree. I think I will use the 1080p features however my concern was the same as yours...I just dont know if Ill be able to tell from 9' away the diff in 1080p and 1080i for 360 games or DVD's...
My guess is that you won't notice any difference between 1080p / 1080i at 9 feet, especially on a 42" set.
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Old 01-11-2007, 12:09 AM   #5  
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Most people agree that 1080P seems only to really matter on sets 50inches or above, however purchasing one is totally up to the individual and their needs vs their wallet, if I had the extra cash I would spring for 1080P several people on this forum swears that it cleans up standard def broadcast quite a bit and in the future u ever decide to go blu ray or PS3 u will be equipped...the thing I detest about the 1080i to 1080P issue is salespeople shoving 1080P down customers throats in an effort to have them spend a few $000.00 more......1080P is not a necessity to enjoy HD 1080i , 720P sets do a great job!!....
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oh, one other thing if u do go 1080P do some research on the set u plan to buy to make sure that it truely outputs 1080P some claim too but do not....
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There are NO HD broadcasts in 1080p nor will there be for likely quite some time.
True...but some 1080p sets (like my Mitsu 46131) can properly deinterlace 1080i signals, so you get a full 1080p picture on the display. Much of the programming on PBS and Discovery was shot in 1080i, and the PQ on those shows is breathtaking!
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True...but some 1080p sets (like my Mitsu 46131) can properly deinterlace 1080i signals, so you get a full 1080p picture on the display. Much of the programming on PBS and Discovery was shot in 1080i, and the PQ on those shows is breathtaking!
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Can you tell a difference between 1080i/p when you switch back & forth?
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