TV Help Required - HD Ready V Full HD?

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Found 30th Sep 2008
Can anyone explain the difference between hd ready and full hd and tell me whether its worth the extra price to go for full hd please? Thanks xx

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Plasma generally is far better (better colour reproduction, stronger black levels) but of course is more expensive, and users more electricity. The size screen you need depends on how far away you are sitting: myhometheater.homestead.com/vie…tml

Of course a 50" full HD plasma is the nicest, but also the most expensive. I have a 40" LCD in my living room and it is good for the price, and big enough at the distance to my sofa.

i think actually the differences between plasma and lcd arent that great anymore. it would be best for you to go look at a few and see what you prefer. i personally have a 42" plasma.

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Thanks to both of you. Ive used that calculator and think a 42 inch would be big enough. Rep left x

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the porter;3087634

hi from what distance will you be watching and what is your budget



About 10 feet viewing distance and about £1000 budget:-D

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I've got a both a 42" & 50" plasma (different rooms obviously) and although the rooms are not huge, neither television looks out of place or too big for the room.

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Can anyone tell me the difference between hd ready and full hd? I was going to go for full hd but hd ready is so much cheaper and not sure which to pick. Is it worth the extra cash?

pinkkitty2007;3102632

Can anyone tell me the difference between hd ready and full hd? I was … Can anyone tell me the difference between hd ready and full hd? I was going to go for full hd but hd ready is so much cheaper and not sure which to pick. Is it worth the extra cash?



Full HD is a superset of the features of HD Ready. The specifications of HD Ready defines that the TV supports YPbPr input via component interface, HDMI or DVI input with HDCP decoding (contrary to popular belief a TV or monitor with high definition resolution but no HDCP is NOT HD Ready compliant), has 720 vertical pixels using a widescreen aspect ratio and accepts a feed that is encoded in 720p or 1080i resolution. As I mentioned earlier, Full HD is a superset of the above features so as well as encompassing the above criteria, the specifications of Full HD also includes 1920x1080 resolution panel, 1080p or 1080i input with no overscanning (that is 1:1 pixel mapping) and most importantly, can render a 1080p video input.

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ElliottC;3102766

Full HD is a superset of the features of HD Ready. The specifications of … Full HD is a superset of the features of HD Ready. The specifications of HD Ready defines that the TV supports YPbPr input via component interface, HDMI or DVI input with HDCP decoding (contrary to popular belief a TV or monitor with high definition resolution but no HDCP is NOT HD Ready compliant), has 720 vertical pixels using a widescreen aspect ratio and accepts a feed that is encoded in 720p or 1080i resolution. As I mentioned earlier, Full HD is a superset of the above features so as well as encompassing the above criteria, the specifications of Full HD also includes 1920x1080 resolution panel, 1080p or 1080i input with no overscanning (that is 1:1 pixel mapping) and most importantly, can render a 1080p video input.



Thanks, rep left. So in your opinion, is full hd worth the extra money?

pinkkitty2007;3102803

Thanks, rep left. So in your opinion, is full hd worth the extra money?

Unless you have something thats going to take advantage like a xbox 360 or ps3 then no its not worth it.

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deathtrap3000;3102832

Unless you have something thats going to take advantage like a xbox 360 … Unless you have something thats going to take advantage like a xbox 360 or ps3 then no its not worth it.



Ive got the xbox 360 elite and a ps3

pinkkitty2007;3102803

Thanks, rep left. So in your opinion, is full hd worth the extra money?



It depends on your needs. For a large screen the pixels are obviously larger and subsequently a higher resolution is required to make the pixels appear smoother. However, if you are watching the TV from a sufficiently far distance the pixellation is not as noticeable even on a larger screen. Some will claim that they do notice even from these sort of distances but it's physically impossible as there is a threshold whereby the human eye cannot detect a certain amount of dots on a certain area.

If you plan to be watching your TV from a shorter distance many will appreciate the extra resolution from Full HD but do they appreciate it enough for a few hundred pounds extra? I certainly did but this is subjective and only you can decide that by asking for a trial at an electrical store. I would take the comments from people who say "Oh buy Full HD it's so much better" or people who complain that some TVs are "Not Full HD" with a pinch of salt as they are not the ones spending the money. I have the opine that you measure the distance from your viewing position and your intended TV location and ask for a demo of a 1080p broadcast and a 720p broadcast at an electrical store while viewing from the measured distance.

I sit 5 metres away from my TV and I barely struggle to see Full HD being superior to a 720p picture. Certainly, it is more noticeable from closer range but my justification for Full HD is that I have a computer connected and I needed the 1:1 pixel mapping available on Full HD TVs from a DVI source and also I have the added bonus of extra desktop space required for some of my programming projects.

In a nutshell, I can't instruct you nor have the right to instruct you to part with extra cash on a feature that may be of little or no benefit to you but if you take into account your viewing distance and try it out then hopefully you can decide if the benefits are worthwhile.
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