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What exactly is the difference between 1080 and 720 resolutions on your HDTV? This article says there is almost no difference and goes on to explain why. Food for thought.

The Imaging Science Foundation, the industry's top name in digital video testing, qualification, and certification, recently proclaimed that the difference between 720p and 1080p is much less than one would suspect. In fact, resolution ranks fourth on an image quality priority list behind contrast ratio, color saturation, and color accuracy.
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Law of diminishing returns here? I notice a huge difference from 480P to 720P. Perhaps 720P to 1080P is not as noticeable because our eyes can barely distinguish between the two resolutions. Even if it were so, that's not going to stop manufacturers to continue developing higher resolutions. It's a marketing thing that everyone will fall for. Plus, don't forget - if you build it, it will come. I'm sure when the next HD standard is out, no one will be buying 720 because they'll think it's old school technology.
    
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It matters more as you get to larger and larger screens. 720p and 108p may not be noticeable on a 30". However, get to a 60" or something.... it will be noticeable. Also view distance has an impact as well. So yeah... monitor size and view distance have to be accounted for as well.
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It matters more as you get to larger and larger screens. 720p and 108p may not be noticeable on a 30". However, get to a 60" or something.... it will be noticeable. Also view distance has an impact as well. So yeah... monitor size and view distance have to be accounted for as well.
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It does make a difference on bigger screens. Saw 2-52" and 2-57" next to each other. One of each with 720 and one of each with 1080. Saw a huge difference. 1080 was alot more clearer and sharper looking. It would be pointless to buy a 30" that can do 1080p, its really only for the bigger screens.
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I've been doing some HDTV shopping and it seems 1080 is only necessary once you get to like 52" and above. I'm looking at a 42 or 46 so 720p is all I need.
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Frankly, provided that your viewing distance is OK, I think you'll find that even large screens have excellent picture. There is alot to be said about color accuracy, quality of the scaler, etc.

I watch HD on a 120" screen, and though it does not quite match up to my 50"CRT, it comes pretty damn close.

For those wondering it's an InFocus Screenplay 7205.
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post #8 of 13
Yeah, it's really important in big screens. My 52" (or is it 57"...?) tv looks so much better in 1080p
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post #9 of 13
It could be because I see "almost" no difference in 480i and 480P but the 1080i sure is sweet.......

And 1080P TVs are a little expensive for my blood. I was going to buy one but $700 to $1000 more for a 50" 1080i? I didn't think so.

I'm not too thrilled about 1080P TV nor High Definition DVDs, hardware is too expensive and so it's the media.
post #10 of 13
If you have any interest in using an HDTV as a computer monitor also, 1080p is the way to go. My buddy has a 42'' LCD TV 1080P and he uses it as his computer monitor and television.

Check out these resolutions
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