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Need some advice: Best pixel counts for HD?

by psbecker / July 21, 2006 1:43 AM PDT

I am finally moving to purchase an LCD HD set. I would like one that would perform well with standard NTSC signals as well as both 720 and 1080 scans.

It would seem to me that I would want the number of rows of pixels to somehow correspond to the number of scan lines: either a 1 to 1 ratio or some multiple thereof. Otherwise, you would get some level of fuzziness as the set tries to interpolate scan lines to rows of pixels.

Am I right, or am I confused, or is this no big deal? I have seen LCD sets with all sorts of pixel counts. Are there some that are better than others, or is the old rule of ''more must be better'' appropriate here?

Thanks in advance for any advice or comments.

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Yes and No
by kena10 / July 21, 2006 2:25 AM PDT

if you're going to see a lot of HD content, then you definitely want the highest amount of pixels you can get on a tv set. Normally a 720 set will work well for analog and hd signals but it won't give you the definition you're looking for since it maxes out at 720. 1080 sets on the other hand will have a greater number of pixels they can display and will not look that great when they display standard def broadcasts (mainly tv stations that have a sub-par image quality like univision).

Another factor to consider is brand reliability. If you get a knock-off brand like viore and the set claims to produce 1080, I wouldn't expect the picture quality to be that great. On the other hand, if you choose a better set like a Pioneer elite or a Sony SXRD, the picture quality will be incredible.

I hope this helps


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you're thinking too much into it
by masterying01 / July 21, 2006 2:40 PM PDT

its a lot like how a 8.1megapixel point and shoot camera will take crappier pictures then a 5.1megapixel digital SLR. the higher number doesnt always mean its better.

like what john said, stay away from off brands (viore, westinghouse, maxent, akai, gateway, dell, sylvania, etc) and go with a good brand like sony, pioneer, samsung, hitachi, etc and you'll be all set.

when you buy a car, you're not buying a car because it has 30 more horse power then the other're buying it because it looks better and its a better ride. just like a tv...dont buy a car based on a tv based on the picture quality. you'll be watching the screen...not a little piece of paper that tells you how many dots are on the screen.

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(NT) (NT) the only numbers that matter have a $$$$ in front of it.
by gabereyes / July 21, 2006 3:22 PM PDT
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Thanks for your advice
by psbecker / July 22, 2006 3:21 AM PDT

Thanks to all of you for your advice.

Seems that the info can best be summed up as choose a set with 1080 scan lines, stay with a high quality vendor and most important let your eyes -- not a spec sheet -- decide what you like.

Sounds reasonable to me.

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