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Watching 720p content

by davgel2 / March 10, 2008 10:18 AM PDT

I am planing to buy a 50 inch TV (probably plasma) and since most TV broadcasts and even video games are still basically in 720p. I wanted to know if there would really be any difference between watching 720p content on a 720p TV vs. watching 720p content on a 1080p TV?

Is it worth spending more to get 1080p even though there is very little of the content out there?

Thanks for any help

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Given a choice (with money no object)..
by ahtoi / March 11, 2008 2:54 AM PDT
In reply to: Watching 720p content

I would take 1080p over 720p any time (content or no content), hehe.

I can tell you this; viewing upconverted dvd, it is definitely worth the upgrade from 480p to 720p. So by the same logic, 720p to 1080p should improve also. But is it worth the extra cash? I only have a 720p TV, hehe.

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Planning on getting a Blu-ray player?
by Rollbar / March 11, 2008 3:00 AM PDT

If this is a 7+ year purchase I'd get the 1080p and open the door to Blu-ray 1080p DVDs.

If you trade up every 2-3 years, buy the 720p (provided you can live without Blu-ray for that long).

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I have both
by HTHMAN / March 11, 2008 3:00 AM PDT
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I have a 50" 720p plasma and a 47" 1080p LCD flat panel. At distances over 6 feet, you can not see a difference. I can see the pixels at 5-6 feet on the 720p set and at about 3 feet on to 1080p set. How close are you going to sit?

Bottom line...At normal viewing distances, you can not see the difference.

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720p content
by davgel2 / March 11, 2008 3:52 AM PDT
In reply to: I have both

I will probably be sitting as close as 3 feet and on average 6 to 8 feet away. I will be watching 720p content until i fork out the cash for blue ray some ways down the line.

So even for watching 720p content you guys would recommend getting a 1080p for clarity/picture quality?

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money is the question
by batman823 / March 11, 2008 4:34 AM PDT
In reply to: 720p content

Since you plan on keeping it for multiple years, you should likely go with the 1080 set. When more things surface at 1080p, then you'll have the best of the best. At 60" from a real 1080 source from more than 6' or 7' feet away, you MAY be able to tell a slight difference, but if you sit really close, the twitches might begin to bother you.

Don't be misled though. The 720 sets are much cheaper. If money's an issue, don't put yourself out for the doubled resolution. You will be very satisfied with the 720 resolution because that's the human limit for most screens. Even at 60" you'll be more than happy with either one. You'll just have a better picture quality with the 1080 screen using a 1080 source, and for lower resolutions it won't make a difference.

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