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Blu ray/HDTV question

by gman_eb / December 14, 2008 7:33 AM PST

Hey everyone, I just joined and I have a question. I have a 42" Panasonic HDTV. Its only 720p. Would it be worth it to get a Blu ray dvd player? My cousin is a big electronics guru and he said it would be fine because my TV is smaller than 60". Something about if you had an 720p 60" tv you wouldnt get the quality of a Blu ray as you would with a 60" 1080p tv. I thought I would ask around and get some more opinions. Thanks!

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no worries
by Pepe7 / December 14, 2008 10:57 AM PST
In reply to: Blu ray/HDTV question

Blu ray will likely look outstanding on most HDTVs, certainly compared to SDTV or DVD resolution. The real issue is whether or not buying a 1080p HDTV instead of 720p at sizes less than 50" makes a difference at typical viewing distances. In any case, a blu ray disc with 1080p will be downsampled to match the 720p native resolution of your Panny, but will still look great. No worries. Enjoy it.

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by gman_eb / December 14, 2008 1:03 PM PST
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Thank you! Now the question is, which Blu ray player to get? My receiver is old so it doesnt have an HDMI connection, but it has a coaxial and an optical connection. I was looking at Panasonics DMP-BD35 and Sonys BDP-S350, both are in my price range.

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I lean towards the Panasonic...
by Pepe7 / December 15, 2008 12:41 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks

...not because I've personally tested both side by side, but for a selfish reason. The Panny includes a SD card slot so I can view photos quite easily. The Sony GUIs have really never appealed to me either, even on their earlier DVD players. I'd consider buying both and setting them up side by side to see which you like better. It makes more sense than buying one and having to remember which subtle difference you did not did not happen to care for after the return process.

Since you have a more modest sized HDTV paired with an older receiver not capable of decoding the advanced audio codecs, the quality of the upconversion & audio differences may be less applicable than if you had a larger panel & newer receiver that could handle the audio.


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