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1080p/HDMI/LCD TV's Price Drops?

Hi to the CNET community, it's a pleasure to find a place for tech junkies to unite ^^

Heres my situation. As most you should know by now the next generation of home console systems (namely Sony Playstion 3) are releasing by the end of this year. In tune with that I thought it's finally time to upgrade to a very nice highend TV to keep up with all the new hardware.

To that end, I'm looking for an LCD HDTV with 1080p compatibility through an HDMI input to get the absolute best picture possible. Now I've been doing quite a bit of research these last few days and from what I understand any TV's that actually meet those requisites are very high priced. Ideally I'd like my budget for the TV not to exceed about $1800 USD. This way I can still afford the new surround sound system I'll really need to enjoy all that HD stuff.

Now onto the "actual" question. Is it reasonable to expect LCD TV's to have any significant price drops within the next 4-7 months?Around that time the console should have launched supposedly and if I cannot find a set which supports the 1080p with hdmi in, I'll be perfectly willing to get the next best thing with 720p/1080i. (By the by if anyone is looking a good Tv like that, you would be smart to look into the 32" Panasonic TC-32LX50)

Thanks for reading my little request, would appreciate any answers.

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1080p/HDMI/LCD TV's Price Drops?

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1080p is mostly sizzle,,,maybe some day in galaxy far, far away it will be common place. OK in a couple of years anyway.
There are some 1080p sets they are new, new=expensive!!
If you can only afford a Chevy don't go shopping at the Royls Royce dealer.
So far most of the 1080p sets are highend DLP, Plasma and LCoS, no LCD that I have seen.
LCD TVs are not the best for gaming, slow responce times is a problem, but getting better.
A 34" CRT wil be good for gaming and cost $1000 or so.
OK heavy but it will handel games. But again 1080i is the max.
1080i and 1080p have the SAME resoultion,1920X1080!!!
The difference is how it is delivered, progressive or interlaced. This is a big difference as 1080p takes double the bandwidth of 1080i.
Look for the best TV in your price range. John

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In reply to: 1080p/HDMI/LCD TV's Price Drops?

Thanks for your time John,

I've done more research then you can imagine in the last few days and I belive I have a comfortable understanding of all the advantages/disadvantages when it comes to LCD.

For response times, this was actually a major hinderence for early generations of LCD your right, however the technology has advanced to the point that it isnt quite as bad as previous owners had it. Personally I'm shooting for anywhere less then or equal then 14ms response time.

CRT's, though generally considered to be the best for viewing needs, are as you said, heavy, bulky, and all around BIG! Silly

Now the resolution bit. I understand that 1080i and 1080p have the same native resolution, 1920X1080, however I've personally seen the difference of sometihng showing in 720i as opposed to 720p, and the difference is very noticible to myself at least. Along the same lines since I will primarily be using the TV for things like games and movies where there will likely be fast moving objects flying around the screen the progressive playback of 1080p sounds all the better suited.

I really do hope to find a 1080p cheap later though Grin

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I get this remark whenever I talk about my 3 ton 3 tube Sony rptv ( why do you own such a huge heavy old piece of junk) my answer is I only paid $2500 for it half the price for your l.c.d. t.v. and no one would dare rip it off , it would take four thiefs and a moving truck to steal it ha ha. also I can stick my nose to the screen and the picture still looks great no pixles but yess i may upgrade as soon as I can afford a new Sony QUALLA projector, good luck to you stewart

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sometihng showing in 720i ???

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There is only 720p at 25/30/50/60 Hz.
My 47" CRT RP wieghts 85lbs. OH ON someone could carry it off!!! Oh me, Oh my, What will I do, Wait I have an attack cat. John

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In reply to: sometihng showing in 720i ???

My mistake, your're right, I was thinking of 480 with standard definition.


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1080p available from PANASONIC in May......

In reply to: 1080p/HDMI/LCD TV's Price Drops?

Maybe in the new TH-50PX600. A new chip (from a group venture from Sony, IBM, & Toshiba) will power
the new Sony PS/3.
There is a dirth of material available in 1080p res.
I'm sure Sony will be building sets to support it when
LCD flat panels, probably not ready for big price
drops. RP perhaps.

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