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Old 01-08-2006, 02:22 PM   #1  
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i am looking to buy a new tv within the next 2 months but i am still a little confused to what to buy.should i buy a 720p tv or 1080p tv is 1080p going to be all that important right now other than the hd dvd's the hd dvd's will be 1080p i hope since the players are.i could buy a 720p set right at a very good price lcd or dlp but i do not want to buy one and in a few months regret and is there alot of difference between 1080i and 1080p any thoughts would be a big help.THANK YOU
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There is no simple answer to this question, other than to say "Let your eyes be the judge".

1080p sets can offer advantages in terms of the visibility of pixel structure, and the ability to display every pixel detail of a 1080i source. The arrival of 1080p sources is far off, if ever. There are simply too many reasons why the 1080p/60hz standard will not be broadcast or encoded onto HD-DVD/Blu-Ray discs, mainly related to the fact that such signals will render nearly every HD set sold to date useless (as they don't accept 1080p input). In fact, most of the 1080p sets available today don't accept 1080p input.

That said, the advantage of 1080p in the digital television space is the ability to display all 1920x1080 pixels of a 1080i image. That is an advantage IF (yes, IF) you are buying a large set and/or plan to sit especially close (which is a nice option to have).
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When big screens first started to be sold there they offered 800 line sets. Why do that if there was not any 800 line sources available? Because 480 lines on a 55" screen looked like crap.
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Old 01-09-2006, 01:56 AM   #4  
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Old 01-09-2006, 11:50 AM   #5  
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The arrival of 1080p sources is far off, if ever. There are simply too many reasons why the 1080p/60hz standard will not be broadcast or encoded onto HD-DVD/Blu-Ray discs, mainly related to the fact that such signals will render nearly every HD set sold to date useless (as they don't accept 1080p input).
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I will be surprised (and upset) if the new DVD standard Blu-Ray/HD-DVD will encode movies to 1080i and not encode movies into 1080p. That would be short-sighted of them in my opinion. While encoding to 1080p will take more space on a disc, I think videophiles will demand it. Although it may be small, there is an improvement in 1080p over 1080i.

I agree that we will not see 1080p broadcasts in a long time if ever. However, that's not the only game in town. There are several other possible 1080p sources that will become available. Possibly the PS3, HD-DVD, Blu-Ray. Right now, I have my HTPC computer hooked up to my 1080p TV via HDMI, and it's doing 1080p @60Hz. I am fairly sure that Blu-Ray and HD-DVD will output 720p and 1080i via HDMI, regardless of how the movie is encoded, so any TVs out now with digital inputs (DVI, HDMI) will be fine with the new players. The question is whether these players will someday output 1080p (at any frame rate). My feeling is they will.
I feel sorry for those with HDTVs that have no digital inputs. From what I read, Hollywood is going to screw these people over, and not allow HD-DVD/Blu-Ray players to output HD via component. All for fears of piracy.

GISMO: a 1080p TV will give a better picture than a 720p TV, if all other things are equal. a 1080p TV, in theory, will be able to show all the details of a 1080i broadcast, which is the most common type of HD broadcast now. a 720p TV will have to downscale/deinterlace the 1080i signal down to 720p, which may cause a small loss of resolution.
Of course a 720p TV is still a great TV, light years ahead of a standard definition (SD) TV, so you'll need to research and choose what's best for you. Let your eyes and wallet size be the judge!
Usually, people that can afford it will go with the higher model. This is the old "I want to future-proof my purchase" mentality.

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Old 01-09-2006, 02:04 PM   #7  
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If you are watching mostly TV broadcasts and DVD's and sit 10 feet or more from the screen then I would go with 720p for now. You may very well never see TV broadcast at 1080p. The HD DVD market may never get off the ground if players are out of reach for the main stream DVD viewer, not to mention the availability of true 1080p mastered DVD's. As of now only 50% of the US households even have a DVD player and most non videophiles are quite happy with the current PQ. The majority of current 1080p displays cannot accept a 1080p signal. Even though the 1080p sets are capable of providing superior quality picture, it's debatable how much of that ability will be tapped in the near future. The human eye can only decern so much and many are questioning the overall advantages of 1080p to the average viewer.
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In general , and mostly because they are a newer technolgy, 1080p sets have increased contrast ratio's which add significantly to percieved resolution.
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i am looking to buy a new tv within the next 2 months but i am still a little confused to what to buy.should i buy a 720p tv or 1080p tv is 1080p going to be all that important right now other than the hd dvd's the hd dvd's will be 1080p i hope since the players are.i could buy a 720p set right at a very good price lcd or dlp but i do not want to buy one and in a few months regret and is there alot of difference between 1080i and 1080p any thoughts would be a big help.THANK YOU
Now that I have my first HDTV purchase under my belt, I have the benefit of hindsight. If I were in your shoes, I would get the 1080p TV. If I had a limited budget, I would not have a problem buying a cheaper 720p TV. All HDTVs give a great picture, when compared to standard TVs.

If you are a typical consumer, a 720p TV will make you very happy.
If you are a "videophile", then you will settle for no less than the best (and most expensive) TV you can get.

Another thing to consider is that the price difference between 720p TVs and 1080p TVs is getting smaller. It's already less than $1000
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Old 01-12-2006, 12:47 AM   #10  
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1080p is more important in the larger display sizes... with a small 1080p display you will be hard pressed to discern the difference.

1080p and 1080i take exactly the same storage space. Same number of pixels, only a different refresh method.

Since either 1080i or 1080p are telecined from the same film frame, they are equivalent (at 24 frames per second).
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Buy a 720p today, and you'll end up buying a 1080p tomorrow. I had the same problem, but I bit the bullet and went for 1080p as my first purchase, and I'm glad I did.
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:30 AM   #13  
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I've owned both and stepped up too a 1080 about 6mo. ago.IMO if you stand 10ft. a way you won't see a difference and my eyes are 20/20.however if you do a lot gaming there is a difference so I'm told.All said and done 720 is less expensive and great PQ.So put the extra money in screen size.Thats just my 2 cents.What ever your choice you'll love it.
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Buy a 720p today, and you'll end up buying a 1080p tomorrow. I had the same problem, but I bit the bullet and went for 1080p as my first purchase, and I'm glad I did.
The most recent post in this thread, before yours, was posted almost 2 years ago. I sure hope the OP wasn't waiting for your response before buying a new TV.
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