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Ok I am deciding is I should upgrade my Display right now. I have a Samsung 450 Series 720p & while its been a great TV & amazing PQ quality & have been debating upgrading alittle.

I was thinking about jumping to a Vizio 37in 1080P set. Here is my Question I am just getting into Bluray movies so I am wondering for you Guru's out there. Will I see a difference in Bluray from 32(720) to 37(1080P)

The difference is pretty small @ 140.00 so if you didnt care about the cost just PQ quality would it be worth it. I sit about 3-4 feet away when playing on my consoles but obviously I sit closer when gaming On PC & I sit about 5-6 feet away watching bluray
Edited by 4LC4PON3 - 10/16/11 at 4:43pm
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For pc use it is a big difference, for movies not so much. I would still get the 1080p screen still, higher res does look better all the time imo. lol Also if you can get an led screen that would look even nicer.
Edited by Sean Webster - 10/15/11 at 5:20pm
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This is a helpful graph to look at
also the THX recommended settings for a 37" TV is about 4' and as you can see in the graph 1080p at 37" will not be at its full potential unless you sit at about 5 feet so you can see all the detail.

So seeing that you sit right at the 5' mark it would probably be a good upgrade for you.
http://myhometheater.homestead.com/v...alculator.html

Only do the 1080p upgrade if your really wanting to do blu ray, otherwise it will be a waste of money. Also big piece of advice, before you purchase any blu ray movie be sure to check the quality reviews on blu-ray.com, there are some times when a transfer to blu ray will not have super great quality compared to the DVD but more times than not it is superior quality. Just be aware and check out the scores for video and audio.

Also if you are doing blu ray make sure you have a good sound setup because good video quality is only half of what blu ray is good for. The uncompressed audio is amazing, so you will need to make sure your receiver has HDMI inputs since that is the only way to get uncompressed audio.

We have a 50" panasonic plasma 1080p and we love watching blu rays on it. I have seen some blu rays that are kind of meh, but others are awesome. The dark knight is a great blu ray that you should check out. I think you can pick it up for a decent price too.

Edited by Ratjack - 10/15/11 at 5:34pm
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I was wondering about this question. My current Set is LED and the new SET that is going to be 1080p will be LCD. Is there going to be a dramatic change in Visuals? Does LED have a crazy edge or LCD?
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I was wondering about this question. My current Set is LED and the new SET that is going to be 1080p will be LCD. Is there going to be a dramatic change in Visuals? Does LED have a crazy edge or LCD?
Some people will tell you they can't tell the difference between 720 and 1080 for movies (you obviously can for PC use) but I can very easily. I have a ton of movies ranging from 480 to 1080. If you can tell the difference between 480 and 720, but not 720 and 1080, your eyes are broken.

On smaller screens it may be less noticeable, but anything over 25" I can tell the difference.

As far as LED, it's still LCD technology. Same panel, just different back lighting. I prefer CCFL, but that's just my opinion. One doesn't offer better picture quality over the other. LED LCDs tend to have more of an overall blueish hue to them due to the nature of how they are manufactured. It costs much less money to produce the cheaper blueish-white LEDs than the pure white ones. Most LCDs will have the cheaper variety.

If I had a say in your choice, I'd avoid LCDs altogether and go with plasma. They offer much better contrast, deeper blacks, and no virtually no ghosting, all of which LCD has trouble with. Unless you buy the super expensive 120hz (not interpolated) TVs. Not to mention plasmas are more than not cheaper than most LCDs
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Some people will tell you they can't tell the difference between 720 and 1080 for movies (you obviously can for PC use) but I can very easily. I have a ton of movies ranging from 480 to 1080. If you can tell the difference between 480 and 720, but not 720 and 1080, your eyes are broken.

On smaller screens it may be less noticeable, but anything over 25" I can tell the difference.

As far as LED, it's still LCD technology. Same panel, just different back lighting. I prefer CCFL, but that's just my opinion. One doesn't offer better picture quality over the other. LED LCDs tend to have more of an overall blueish hue to them due to the nature of how they are manufactured. It costs much less money to produce the cheaper blueish-white LEDs than the pure white ones. Most LCDs will have the cheaper variety.

If I had a say in your choice, I'd avoid LCDs altogether and go with plasma. They offer much better contrast, deeper blacks, and no virtually no ghosting, all of which LCD has trouble with. Unless you buy the super expensive 120hz (not interpolated) TVs. Not to mention plasmas are more than not cheaper than most LCDs
COMPLETELY agree with this. I went plasma and I will never go back to anything else. I lover the colors on it. Dont worry about "burn in" with plasmas either, that used to be a big problem with older TV's but its not an issue anymore, they have technology that keeps images from burning in. I used to play games for hours on our and there were plenty of static images. No burn in at all .

and think about the difference in resolution this way:

480p = 854 x 480 = 409,920 pixels
720p = 1280 x 720 = 921,600 pixels
1080p = 1920 x 1080 = 2,073,600 pixels

so basically going from 480p to 720p you gain ~500,000 pixels, but from 720 to 1080 you gain about ~1,000,000 pixels BIG difference
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I currently own the Samsung 450 Series 720p set and I went to bestbuy and was looking at the 32inch & 37 inch 1080p sets and to be honest for the upgrade I saw absolutely no difference at all. I decided just for the heck of it to buy a 37 inch 1080p set & take it home & try it out.

Honestly afer playing with it for an hour I did not feel that it was worth it at all> I actually felt that my Samsung looked better. I did not see any bit of difference that made me want to pay $400.00 since I already owned the Samsung 450 Series 720p I would of had to pay full retail for it.
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