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Your call, of course. But I think you reveal 1080 is not
a really big issue for you as it is with some other folks. My inclination betrays my opinion, but I am one who says 720 is so good that it is fine for non state of the arrt gamers & those wholust to watch BluRay quality flics (admittedly a very nice experience.)
Practicality rules the day in my book. Why overspend in times of fast evolving technology? Have some pretty good years while saving some money for when you eventually will be ready or that next step. Nothing wrong with your thinkng.
By the way, you list some stats. I often mention that people may get hung up on stats taht are for a lot if not most people, non-issues. For instance, if you had to watch one of those TVs at or near that 178 degree angle - that would be an unpleasant, second rate experience.
IF YOU FOLLOW THIS SITE REGULALLY, YOU KNOW.................
LOTS OF US PUSH "THE BIGGER IS BETTER," theory when it comes to HDTV sets; not that we're making a profit, just that many regret not buying the next larger screen once it is in their home. You seem determined to purchase a 46" model. Is that a spatial matter or budget limitation? Can you accommodate a 52" SAMSUNG?
SAMSUNG's new LCD 65F series; that's the step up line from the 61F line. The rave reviews for the LN-T4665F/LN-T5265F continue to come in, as they are full HDTVS; 1080P. The LN-Txx61Fs are also quite capable.
Then again, there are other brands beyond SAMSUNG, as well...........
Reason for focusing my question.
Thank you all for your input.
I limited the choices to Samsung because their have been many rave reviews (including friends). It is also impressive in the store.
The 52" is getting out of my price range. It would seem to make more sense to purchase a Samsung 46" versus a 52" of a lesser brand at the same price. (the room has many windows which is the reason for LCD vs plasma)
I just sometimes feel like buying a 1080P is like buying a race car with a speedometer to 120 when you can only drive 65. But... I may go with it anyway. I appreciate everone's assistance
MARK. WHAT EXACTLY IS YOUR HDTV BUDGET?...................
HIGHER THE BETTER, OF COURSE. WITH A FIRM BOTTEM-LINE WE CAN ASSIST YOU MUCH MORE HONESTLY.
At this point there are entire brands and technologies you're neglecting by default. Yes, I know the the new SAMSUNGS are quite fantastic, as I am also in the HUNT!!!
Would like to share some new plasma info with you if you're interested.
1080p Worth $500 at 13' Viewing Distance?
I like your thinking. At 13', I don't think you'll be able to see a difference between 720p and 1080p. In fact, it is my belief that you need to be looking at a TV around 70" to be able to appreciate a difference. I put together a chart to help make this sizing/resolution decision. Bottom line, though, it is personal preference.
You are further justified in going 720p if you plan on upgrading in a few years. I think by the end of 2008, the program viewing landscape will change quite a bit, giving more options for 1080p. As more people buy these high-res sets, more content will become available - that is almost guaranteed. In the meantime, Blu-ray and HD DVD are great ways to enjoy 1080p. If you're going to decide between these two formats, you may want to check this out, too:
One more thing. To get a graphical illustration of the difference between standard DVD (480p), 720p and 1080p, go to the post below and click on the image in point #3. When this is fully expanded, you can get a similation of the differences. Of course, as you stated, at 13' you really can't see that.
I hope that helps,
That's a pretty informative link. The 3rd one you provided. I wish I had had that info when I bought my TV!!! Of course, that was 2 1/2 years ago, but still.
One thing that I've learned recently is what was stated in that link is about the contrast ratio. Most of these new sets try to wow you with their dynamic contrast ratio. They run a test that will result in the highest result possible. I've read that contrast ratio is totally subjective to how much light you have in your viewing room. If there's the light from a single candle in the room, the human eye can't differentiate between 10000:1 contrast ratio and 500:1. I wonder if that's true??
Excellent chart. If you're eyesight isn't 20/20, definitely go bigger. I fall into this category...
13' is far for 46", 1080p is far beyond visual acuity at that distance. I'd agree that the extra cost is not justified.
samsung 720p vs 1080p
i have been researching the same two tv's
which tv did you end up buying?
and how is it?
Samsung 46" T4642 (720P, 1080i) was what I chose
Samsung 46" T4642 (720P, 1080i) was what I chose. I am not a gamer (mostly sports or my 2 yr old watches Curious George) and HDTV does not transmit 1080p signal. The picture is amazing (Samsung is the way to go). I have it connected to HD_DirecTV via Harmon-Kardan AVR247 receiver. For DVDs I have a Samsung DVR (w/ upconversion).
I had a professional install- would highly recommend that.
($400-500 I saved by not purchasing th 1080p, paid for the receiver). No regrets