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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-06-2008, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question LCD TV question

The blueray thread has me wondering about an upcoming purchase. I'm buying a 32" LCD. I would like to get a blueray player as well. I noticed that most of the cheaper 32" are 720p. Some are 1080p. Is it worth paying extra for 1080p on a 32"?
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-06-2008, 04:56 PM
 
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Re: LCD TV question

On a 32" it will depend on how far back you are from the TV.

IMO the extra resolution won't be that noticeable from 2m away. I have a 1080i 32" LCD right beside another 32" LCD that's only 720p. From 2m away there's not much difference. Sit closer and you can tell (same source).

That said, some people might say to future proof yourself and just get a 1080p 32" LCD. The difference though, is, most of these 720p LCD's can auto downscale a 1080i or 1080p source easily and can do it well (see above paragraph).

If you were getting a 42" or a 50" then I would definitely recommend spending the extra $'s on a 1080p tv.
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Re: LCD TV question

if you're not using it as a PC monitor it won't be a big difference at that size. That said i would go for a 37" 1080P set myself... 32" 1080p aren't generally sold here anyways.

remember a lot of broadcast HDTV (Fox, ABC) are 720p not 1080i. It's PCs, gaming (360/PS3) & blu-ray that drives 1080p... glen
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I think 1080p is a con for small screens i.e. anything under 42"! I have a 42" at 1080p and a 42" and 1080i and honestly there is little difference between the two. It's clever marketing.
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Re: LCD TV question

Well this is for the bedroom so a 32 should be fine. I'll go with a decent brand name 720p 32". Thanks for the info.
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I would get an LG or Samsung, 720 and 1080 arent that much different sitting at a distance. Like other have said if you were using it as a computer monitor then you would be able to tell.
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Good idea, Rotti.

As long as you avoid interlacing like the plague, you should be fine. Whether you go for 720p or 1080p is so-so - 18% of all consumers can't make out the difference anyway. But be sure to have a good look at it and see if you can see any ghosting (bad responsetime). If you can, find something else.
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at this point in time, 720p and 1080p are not what you need to be concerned with. It is the refresh rate of 60hz and 120hz. 120hz is super sharp and clear. But several hundred dollars more. To be short and not to be too techy, most signals are 1080i or less which means 780p is going to be as good or better. 1080p isn't worth the extra dough since you aren't going to get that signal. You are paying for something you can't use.
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Also, I would avoid LG like the plague. They have a horrible picture. I recently brought one home and took it back. I wound up with a samsung. I wanted samsung from the beginning but tried to save some dough. Samsung is the #1 LCD on the market. Go check them all out for yourself. Sony was overpriced and no where near the picture quality of the samsung
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Also, I would avoid LG like the plague. They have a horrible picture. I recently brought one home and took it back. I wound up with a samsung. I wanted samsung from the beginning but tried to save some dough. Samsung is the #1 LCD on the market. Go check them all out for yourself. Sony was overpriced and no where near the picture quality of the samsung
I agree, I have been looking at a Samsung 47" 1080p for awhile now, and the picture quality looked better than the Sony and Panasonic I looked at that were more money.
I have a 37" Vizio 720p in my bedroom that I like, but for the living room I think I'm gonna end up getting that Samsung.
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What about Toshiba?
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yeah, for 32" 1080p is not really necessary. Tbh, for 32" it can be really hard for me to discern the difference between blu-ray, and perfectly upscaled DVD.

For LCDs, Sammy and Sony are probably the best ones out there. Other brands tend to be more of a mixed bag. I've gone through several Sammy LCDs this year and they are great tvs, although I eventually ditched all of them in favor of a Pioneer Kuro :-D
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Alright, Sammy and Sony, thanks a lot.
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Also, I would avoid LG like the plague. They have a horrible picture. I recently brought one home and took it back. I wound up with a samsung.
Maybe you got a bad one. I have a 50" 720 plasma earlier this year and it kills whatever bestbuy had in the store that day. Then again, maybe cuz it's plasma...I don't know. My picture is razor sharp and very warm at the same time. I love this tv! I was going to go with lcd and was very much against plasma but i wound up getting the plasma and haven't looked back. I stood there for 6 hours trying to decide.
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I really have no preference as far as LCD vs Plasma. They both look great to me. And plasma maybe a little warmer like you said. It seems the LCDs are cheaper though at least for 32".
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