I'm looking to get rid of my 300 pound 32" tv and go with a 32" flat screen, but i don't understand the difference between the 720 resolution and the 1080. Is the 1080 really worth an extra $150? Somone also told me that you can't watch them at an angle, you have to be in front of them? Any advice would be apreciated!
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the viewing radius on them has improved from the original models of five years ago. Being that they all have reduced glare than the older models you can see from any angle without reduced picture. It's projection TV's that you MUST sit in front of.
I own a 37" Olevia and a 26" Samsung. Both have better viewing radius than my old school 20" Toshiba that I ditched when I got married and we got the 37".
The difference between 720 and 1080 to me was only noticeable when I switched from using the old RCA cables to HDMI cables. You can find 6' HDMI cables at Big Lots for under $15 (and even cheaper online) and is worth it just in having less cables to deal with.
My in laws bought us a very nice TV for christmas last year and at least for me I can tell the difference in 720 vs 1080.
Mainly while channel surfing on Buckeye most are 720p, but then you hit some of the HD channels that are in 1080 and it's just so beautiful.
If you plan on getting a bluray player eventually or like to watch sports or some of the local channels in HD then I would definitely go for the 1080.
As for p (progressive) or i (interlaced) you may not notice that much of a difference, except for maybe in sports or action movies, even then I really don't notice a difference.
Progressive means that every frame or picture in the film is shown at once, where as interlace shows even then odd lines from the pictured. So in theory if there's a lot of motion it might not catch up to drawing the picture when the next one hits. Giving you a kind of jerkiness or make it look like there are lines in the movie.
1080p 1080i, 720p, 720i that's what the I and P's stand for.
Glare really isn't that much of a problem anymore. While I recommend LCD generally over Plasma, the burn in problems of plasma also aren't that much of a problem like they were back in the day. Though I may stand corrected.
Mine is a 1080i Plasma and haven't had any problems yet, but it's only been 8 months.
Hope that helps.
I buy most of my audio/TV stuff from Jameson's. Has anyone else had experience with them? They seem extremely knowledgeable and have several series of sets, therefore price points, from the same manufacturers. In other words, they claim to carry higher quality sets than big box stores etc. Are they feeding me sales crap or are their products more videophile quality?
IMHO the best reason to go with the 1080 is soon they will all be 1080, so for $150 you might as well get all the picture quality you can.
We were very happy with jaimeson's as they wired our new home and supplied all the tv's...Yes it is true that they carry upgraded lines from the standard big box stores...With that in mind, the surcharge was well worth the expense.
Bought my Sanyo from Costco. Not only the best price at the time but they double the manufacturers warranty, from 1 year to 2.
One more point about my Olevia. It has survived two major moves in 3 years and still looks like new.
I was told the flat screens (especially Plasma) wouldn't withstand the stress of a move.
Ditto on Costco - Bought 3( living room, bedroom and office ) 1080's in the last two years. A Vizio and two Sonys. Besides saving a ton of dough the picture quality on them is phenomenal. NASCAR looks like it's going to drive off right into the room.
We are slow to adopt here. The upgrade came because the old bedroom TV fell off the wall mount. That was an experience. When you have one HD it's mighty hard to look at the old stuff.
What do you plan on doing with the other tv? Does it still work?
Use the old TV as a stand for the new one. My Curtis Mathis never looked so good.
HA!!! The wife has been on my ass to get rid of my old RCA ColorTrack Console since I bought the new flat screen. She says NOBODY uses an old TV as the stand. Glad ot know I'm not the only one. Another plus?? I run the audio though it for a much better sound. I love my Sanyo but the sound isn't nearly as good as the old RCA. Deep Rich, excellent.
ToledoLatina, right now we're not doing anything yet, hubby is making me wait for Christmas for the new TV, but i can let you know when we do get the new one, if you want? It works great, its a 36" its not a console tv, its just heavy as he*l 8-)