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Is 1080p high definition really that much more impressive than 720p or 1080i? Thanks guys, Will Rep

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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
I have a 40" Samsung hdtv and am currently using the '1080i' setting. The quality on blu ray films really is amazing. As soon as I bought the TV I noticed the price of 1080p HDTV's come down by quite a bit and was tempted to sell my current one, and replace it with one of the 1080p ones. But first I just wanted to check, are they really that much more impressive than standard HDTV's?
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
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http://www.lcdtvbuyingguide.com/lcdtv/1080p-vs-720p.html

The question I am most frequently asked about this resolution comparison is, "Should I get 1080p resolution in my LCD Television?" There are a few obvious questions I ask in response:

What size is the TV?
Are you using it for professional editing?
Do you have a Sony Playstation 3 or XBox 360 for gaming (both consoles have 1080p games and the PS3 is also a Blu Ray player)?
Do you have a Sony Blu Ray DVD player?

Generally, the answer to the above questions is, "no" and the answer to whether or not the consumer should get a 1080p display is usually no as well. It's just not worth the extra $$. Here's why:

The 1080p question is really the result of a technology battle between LCD and Plasma. Higher resolutions are easier for LCD manufacturers to produce, and more cost effective. It's a specification bragging battle as in, "we've got the 1080p resolution and you don't." Now that plasma manufacturers have caught up let's analyze what is does for you the consumer.

Unless you are into video editing, or extreme graphic computer use, 1080p does hardly anything at all except hit you in the pocket book! It took years of pressure for broadcasters to finally produce 1080i or 720p and there are NO plans to pump out 1080p on cable, satellite, or broadcast. There is ONE DVD format that puts out a 1080p signal and that is Blu Ray. Blu Ray, is a great DVD technology and the picture quality is awesome, however it's no better than 1080i or 720p in my opinion. I base this opinion on some pretty thorough testing. Recently, our staff reviewed a 65" Panasonic 1080p plasma, a 52" Sharp 1080p LCD and a Sony 46" 1080p LCD TV. We viewed several movies via the Sony Blu Ray player which conveniently has a resolution toggle button on the remote control. In order to perform a fair test of 1080i vs. 1080p we sent participants out of the room after having shown them the DVDs with both resolutions several times. Then we called them back in with one of the resolutions displaying and asked them whether it was the 1080p or 1080i signal. We repeated this process 10 times and, guess what? They had no clue and could not differentiate at all between the two. This feedback came from a team who knows TVs. In fact they seemed to favor the 1080i signal slightly (60/40). It's incredibly difficult to see the difference even in a side by side test.

So why make it? Why produce 1080p? So you'll pony up and buy it crazy!! Spend more money! Open up that billfold! The manufacturers need to produce products that will sell for more in an environment of ever falling TV prices. That, and the aforementioned LCD vs. Plasma battle.

So what to buy? Find yourself a nice 1366 X 768 TV produced by a Tier 1 manufacturer and let it go at that. Put the $1000 you will save into a good set of speakers and receiver for your home theater. A 1080p display does not look any better than a 720p (1080i) TV when viewing 1) A High Definition signal via cable, satellite or broadcast 2) a DVD signal 3) And the biggest question of all, "Does it even look better with the limited Blu Ray content available?" 4) A lowly non-HD cable or satellite signal may view better on the lower resolution 1080i (720p) LCD TV due to the fact that a 1080p display will have to perform some extreme up conversion to get to its native resolution.

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1 Like #2
On the bigger tv's I'd say yes it is worth it (i.e. 40" and above with a good quality telly) - not really worth it on 26" etc IMO. :thumbsup:
#3
Yes, definately if you are looking to buy 40 inch plus.
#4
No. Rep me!
Joking :-D:p
1 Like #5
If you're going 40" plus, get a good Plasma with a 1366 x 768 panel instead. I promise you'll be hard pushed to see the difference and save a packet in the process.
#6
I have a ps3 and am very into blu ray films at the moment as the quality even on 1080i is amazing. If 1080p really doesnt have that much more to offer, then I'll stop driving myself mad.
Cheers guys will rep
#7
I think a lot depends on your eyes. I know some idiot friends that say they can't even see the difference between an upscaled DVD and an actual 720p video.
#8
It depends a lot on your usage - 720p is fairly useless for using the TV with a PC which is one of the main reasons I'm considering replacing my 32in 720p panel with a 1080p version as I find the 40in 1080p panel far more usable.

John
#9
I'd leave it, at least for a while anyway, new OLED Tv's are being phased in, and one these become mainstream the old LED TV's will start dropping in price even more.

You have a perfectly good TV at the moment, and Sky HD only output at 720p anyway, so the only true 1080p will be Blu Rays. There is no rush
#10
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=PU2OdcjHONc

warning, very boring unless u find this kind of geeky stuff interesting like me
#11
Any of you guys like to offer advice on HDTV's here? http://hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=318304
Thanks
#12
Xb0xGuru
If you're going 40" plus, get a good Plasma with a 1366 x 768 panel instead. I promise you'll be hard pushed to see the difference and save a packet in the process.



To me using my 42"" lcd as a pc monitor there is a massive difference between 1366x768 and 1920x1080.
#13
dontasciime
To me using my 42"" lcd as a pc monitor there is a massive difference between 1366x768 and 1920x1080.


There sure is, which is why I went for plasma instead and suggested as such in my post.
#14
It's all relative
screen size, distance from screen, and how good you're eyesight is all mix in to the equation
#15
yes.,
#16
Xb0xGuru
If you're going 40" plus, get a good Plasma with a 1366 x 768 panel instead. I promise you'll be hard pushed to see the difference and save a packet in the process.



Agreed, I cannot see any difference between HD and SD on my 42" Plasma, unless I am very close up to it.

Plasma is the answer.;-)
#17
Inactive
Agreed, I cannot see any difference between HD and SD on my 42" Plasma, unless I am very close up to it.

Plasma is the answer.;-)


Hmm, there's definitely a difference on mine - it's also worth noting that SD content on Plasma panels is much better than LCD.
#18
manchesterjim
I have a ps3 and am very into blu ray films at the moment as the quality even on 1080i is amazing. If 1080p really doesnt have that much more to offer, then I'll stop driving myself mad.
Cheers guys will rep


if your playing ps3 then go for a sony 1080p and 24p on blue rays are stunning, and can deffinatly be noticed on pixar films.

I updraded my 2 year old 37" 720 to 1080p just before xmas, got an amazing deal on the 40w4000, and i've never been happier!

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