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1080p vs 720p (is the upgrade worth the $$$)

by mook0823 / January 1, 2010 12:55 PM PST

I own a 50" Pioneer Elite which is 4yrs old and hence only gets 720p resolution. The picture is still incredible, especially with Blu Ray (even though it's only 720p). Would it be worth the $$$ to upgrade to a 50" Pioneer Elite 1080p TV, or is the difference in picture not that dramatic. That is of course, assuming that I can even find an Elite, since they are no longer being made. Oh by the way, my viewing distance is 10 ft.

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Don't bother
by Pepe7 / January 1, 2010 1:25 PM PST

You have an elite. The PQ is incredible compared to 99% of HDTVs. You would likely be better served by some sort of audio upgrade dollar for dollar.

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I agree completely...
by Carve2 / January 1, 2010 1:55 PM PST
In reply to: Don't bother

Your Elite series Pioneer was a fantastic unit, and providing you haven't been playing it 23 hours a day since you brought it home, it should still out-perform most of the current generation screens.

When you get right down to it, the real difference in detail is determined by physical factors (such as your distance from the screen), source material and your own visual acuity.

Sure, newer screens may have more advanced processing chips and better frame pull-down abilities (to give that real "theatre" vision), but some of these technologies can actually make the picture appear more fake. Try watching the first Michael Bay "Transformers" on BD on a 1080p display sometime; the robots look sharper and more real than the people...

As Pepe7 says, I'd invest in an audio upgrade, if you haven't already. For the money you'd pay to get a more current 1080p Elite screen, you could get a fantastic 7.1 channel system with support for all the best lossless audio formats on the new discs. The difference there is marked.

I wish you many more happy viewing years with your Elite. Wish I had a couple more like it now...

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depends on how far you sit from the screen
by minimalist / January 1, 2010 2:41 PM PST
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3d capable options.
by sojo2009 / January 12, 2010 7:13 PM PST

You may also wait for 3D capable screens before buying a new one.

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