December 12, 2007
Dear CNET members,
If you're shopping for a HDTV or just considering one, you'll more than likely see highlighted specifications that refer to 720p or 1080p resolution. While it's just some numbers and a letter, that difference can cost you not only more money, but also may throw a bonus headache into your TV buying decision.
For some of you, it's probably difficult enough to make a decision on what brand, type, size, or model to buy, but there's still more questions to ponder--such as should I go with a 720p or 1080p TV?! Now before you start going over the agonizing decision of whether it's worth spending the extra dough on a 1080p TV, I want you to read the latest Fully Equipped column by CNET Editor David Carnoy: "720p vs. 1080p HDTV: The final word." This column is worth a read, as David goes through a laundry list of information that will help you negotiate the in and outs about 720p vs. 1080p resolutions.
For some of you readers, TV resolution is nothing foreign, so I'm going to ask if you think spending that extra dough on 1080p TV is worth it or not. What about David's opinion on 720p vs. 1080p? Do you think he's spot-on, or do you beg to differ? Whatever is on your mind after reading this column, we want to hear what you have to say about 720p vs. 1080p. The soapbox is all yours.
This week's hot topic:
720p vs. 1080p HDTV: What's the final word?
In CNET Editor David Carnoy's latest Fully Equipped column: "720p vs. 1080p HDTV: The final word," he gives our readers the scoop on 1080p TVs. Then we asked our members if they thought spending the extra dough on 1080p TV is worth it or not. Many of them dropped their TV remotes and jumped right in to tell us what they thought.
"Bottom line: 720p vs. 1080p isn't that important"
"People get so hung up on resolution, probably because it is a heavily marketed spec, and people who don't know much about this technology get hung up on it. In practical terms, though, resolution is just one of many important factors that contribute to image quality, and, I'd argue, only about 4th or 5th most important..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member griz_fan"More importantly..."
"Look at the picture. It may be easier and more of an objective measurement to go by resolution, and miss the whole point. A lot of the 1080p sets actually have serious problems displaying natural-looking color. Others do not have even displays across the screen. Still others display a distorted picture..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member sonofblazoid"Check the physics...Are you just a TV watcher?"
"While working for an HDTV manufacturer as a design engineer, I did a few basic physics/geometry calculations based on the ability of the eye to see the difference between 1080p & 720p. For a person with 20/20 vision, the ability to tell the difference between the two resolution disappears at a distance of approximately 1.8 times the diagonal measurement of a wide-screen TV..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member EarthSurfer"1080p is better"
"Every time I see a 720p and a 1080p, same brand/same engine, set side-by-side. . . the 1080p set has better resolution, better depth detail, a clearer image, and a more stable image. This is true at every screen size 42 inches or larger. With Blu-ray and HD DVD, and upscaled regular DVD, it's also no contest--1080p is better. There is more to an outstanding image than the four..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member pmh1939Speak up!
Some say it's worth spending the extra money on a 1080p TV, and some say it's not. Forget what others have to say--we want to know exactly what you think about 1080p HDTVs! Is it worth it to you? How about David's final word--does it fly for you, or has he left out some detail you think is worth bringing up? Whatever is on your mind, we want to hear your final word on this topic.
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