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Do I need Blu-Ray for a 32 inch TV?

by a4phantom / February 13, 2008 5:15 PM PST

I'm going to get my folks a HDTV, and I'm looking at the Toshiba REGZA 32HL67U 32" 720p LCD. Does a screen this size make a Blu Ray player and Blu Ray disks necessary, or will their normal DVD player and DVD library still look good?


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by a4phantom / February 13, 2008 5:55 PM PST

None of us have above average eyes!

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depend on the viewing distance
by givemeaname / February 14, 2008 2:58 AM PST
In reply to: PS

if your more then 10ft there will No diffrence, it will just look like a real good dvd. The ideal distance would be for that sized tv would be 5-7ft.

If you have ever had any hd source hooked up to the tv like OTA HD, it will look like that & a bite better. If your unsure & your tv have a TOA turner, go out get a cheap powered anntena at radio shack for $25, too get a ideal of what it would look like.

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Dont do blueray
by gretzkyv99 / February 14, 2008 3:46 AM PST

Get a progressive scan or upconvert Dvd player and it will look great. The BlueRay wouldnt even be playing at 1080p anyways.
Theory is that you dont get the benefit of 1080p in smaller screens which is way you will find that 90% of the time all your 37 and under tv's are 720.

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by Riverledge / February 15, 2008 7:10 AM PST
In reply to: Dont do blueray


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Think about this. . .
by Coryphaeus / February 15, 2008 7:51 AM PST

The TV has 720 lines of resolution. Blu-ray has 1080. What do you think the TV will do with those 1080 lines? Maybe downconvert to 720?

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by givemeaname / February 16, 2008 5:31 AM PST
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you just goto the BD player settings & change it too 720p or 1080i, some player (most) will auto check via the HDMI, but some people prefer 1080i over 720p & vis versa. Component default is normaly 1080i.

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I love my blu-ray player but...
by minimalist / February 16, 2008 8:13 AM PST

I have to admit, you aren't really going to see that much of a difference on a TV that small.

If you can afford it, use the extra money you were going to spend on the blu-ray plater and get them a slightly bigger screen (remember that a 32" widescreen has a 4:3 image similar to a 27" CRT), A 70 dollar upscaling DVD player will be fine for any screen less than 40". Then later they can upgrade the player if they want to.

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by Riverledge / February 16, 2008 8:32 AM PST


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