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On pioneer 42 inch 720 plasma, will a blueray player playing blue ray disks look better than playing dvd disks? Can you see the difference?


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Heck yes!

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I have the 50" Pioneer 720 display (PDP-5080HD) and Bluray is amazing! It looks a thousand times better than DVD unconverted. It looks better than HD cable for crying out loud (provided you use a decent HDMI cable).

The difference is clear The only reasonable BD players on the market are the PS3 (incredible!!!) and the new PIoneer model arriving in stores soon (not ELITE, price around $500USD).

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compared to fullHD - does 42 inch upscale to same quality?

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Thank you very much for your reply.
Do you think that the upscaling of a blueray disk on a blueray player on the Pioneer 42 inch 720i would be so good that it is not necessary to purchase a pioneer 50 inch 'full HD' in order to produce the same quality of picture.

Hope that question os not to convuluted (-:


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Shouldn't be that bad

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While Blu-Ray looks its best at 1080p, 720i shouln't be too bad. Since the TV is HD, you should see a big difference over regular DVDs. Plus the Blu-Ray player upconverts regular DVDs to near HD quality (some up to 1080p).

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theerfore 3 choices

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Thank you very much for your reply. Its very helpful. Therefore, as I understand it, the preferences according to the picture quality criteria are:
1. 1080P tv playing BR disk or DVD disk on a BR player.
2. 720i tv playing BR disk or DVD disk on a BR player that upconverts.
3. 720i tv playing DVD disk on a DVD player

Would there be enough difference between these choices that would be noticeable? - especially between 1 and 2?
Thank you,

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In reply to: theerfore 3 choices

Your set is actually 720p, because all plasmas are naturally progressive scanning, having the ability to scan one entire video frame at a time (as opposed to CRTs, which take twice as long to create the same frame). So it would go like this:

1. 1080p downscaled to 720p via BD or Upconverted DVD
2. 1080i From HD Set top Box, downscaled to 720p
3. 720p from HD set top box
4. 480p from set top box progressive DVD player, upscled at TV to 720p
5. 480i from set top box, normal DVD, upscaled by TV to 720p

Please note that while the television attempts its best effort in upsclaling SD sources to HD, it will not be perfect, however the Pioneer ASIC processor in your plasma is one of the best in the affordable industry.

Between choices 1 and 2, you will note a slight difference, however it takes a trained eye to see it while casually viewing. I can personally tell the difference, but it is very subtle. I run my BD's at 1080p/24 to my 720p Pioneer and it seems to work the best out of the options.


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(NT) Actually, Hitachi is known for making 1080i plasmas

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think its going to be pioneer 50 inch 1080P

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Greetings NS!!

Thank you so much for your detailed response to my enquiry (-:

My viewing distance is 9 feet (from the screen) so I think I'm ok to consider the 50 inch Pioneer 1080P.
My wife has said its ok with her (-:
I would plan to have it for many years.


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go bigger if you can

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50" at 9 ft = slightly under 23 deg viewing angle

60" at 9 ft = 27.2 deg

SMPTE recommended = 30 deg, so 60" is getting pretty "warm"?

THX recommended = 36 deg

jostenmeat's HT = +40 deg, but I exclusively watch hi def, with a collection that overwhelmingly consists of smaller aspects than 16:9.

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Wow! 60 inches

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I never contemplated 60inches !!

Thank you very much Josh for that analysis. mmm.... don't think I'd get that one passed with my wife so enthusiastically !


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