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#213168 - 06/26/08 03:49 PM Televisions
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Registered: 05/16/02
Posts: 1121
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Well gentleman, I may be in a position to finally upgrade the old 27" CRT to a flat panel in our great room. I read through this thread that jakewash started last year, but would like a little more input from my family here.

I'm thinking the biggest plasma I can afford, but my biggest question is whether to go 1080p or 720p. I can get a Panasonic 46" 1080p for the same money as a Panasonic 50" 720p. We will be sitting ~10 to 12 feet away.

The present sources are std def satelite and std def DVD. The first upgrade will be to Blu-Ray, with no plans to upgrade the dish anytime soon. We rarely watch sports - mostly movies, concerts, and premium stations. (Nat Geo, TLC, DIY, History, etc..)

My price ceiling is $2000 (plus taxes) at Future Shop Canada. (I have a gift card for a portion of it)

Thoughts?
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#213170 - 06/26/08 03:53 PM Re: Televisions [Re: real80sman]
thefwam Offline
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Registered: 03/04/08
Posts: 229
Loc: Utah, USA
Unless you're going larger than 55 or maybe even 60 inches the experts say that you will never see the benefits of 1080p. I would save the money. If it's the same Panasonic 50" as my dad picked up for his home theater a month or so ago (the 50PZ80U I believe, it ends in 80U at any rate) it's a beauty and you will never regret it. My father in law has that legendary Pio 60" Kuro and for my money I couldn't tell a difference in resolution between his and my own dad's Plasma when watching the same BRD, however that extra few grand will get you amazing blacks. The Panny is no slouch though I wholeheartedly recommend it, especially from that distance. You'd have to be 6 feet or closer to see the 1080p.


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#213172 - 06/26/08 04:06 PM Re: Televisions [Re: real80sman]
terzaghi Offline
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Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 4842
Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
tough call, at that size and distance 720p might be better....

I bought a 50" 720p tv 2 years ago and it is great... However, when I buy a bluray player in the comming months I will want a 1080p tv to take advatage of all bluray has to offer.

I sit about11 feet away and would not want anything smaller than my 50".... now I must resist urge to buy 65" lcd 1080p tv...





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#213174 - 06/26/08 04:12 PM Re: Televisions [Re: terzaghi]
real80sman Offline
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Registered: 05/16/02
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
It's like buying a set of M60's and wondering if I should have bought the 80's.........
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#213177 - 06/26/08 04:18 PM Re: Televisions [Re: real80sman]
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Registered: 03/09/04
Posts: 1056
Loc: Arlington, VA (NOVA)
Buy the 50" 720p. You won't even notice the extra pixels on the 42" set. And actually, it will make your standard def viewing that much softer on the 42".

42" from 10 feet is a little on the small side, too.

Lastly, I don't know if you're factoring this into your decision to buy, but I have found that the difference between Blu Ray and DVD on a 50" plasma from 10 feet is pretty marginal. On the audio side of things, Blu Ray rocks my world. But the screen's got to get up in the 60 inch territory before today's plasmas start making DVD look soft enough to justify the upgrade to Blu Ray on the video side.

Go BIG and don't look back. You'll regret it otherwise.

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#213179 - 06/26/08 04:22 PM Re: Televisions [Re: real80sman]
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Registered: 12/29/05
Posts: 3301
Loc: Central,California
The larger the screen the more 1080p comes into play. Anything over 46" I think I would go with 1080p, anything smaller you may not notice a difference, so the experts say.
There are too many other variables that affect picture quality, most of which are more significant than a set's native resolution. Find the set that looks best to you at your normal viewing distance.
With my 60 inch set 1080p blu-ray is stunning, the same picture does not look nearly as nice as it does on my 720p 42 inch plasma, but then again part of that could be that the Pioneer has a better PQ than my Toshiba.
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#213190 - 06/26/08 05:20 PM Re: Televisions [Re: HomeDad]
Zarak Offline
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Registered: 03/09/03
Posts: 1849
Loc: PA
50+ =1080p is my rule...but then I have a 50" 1080p \:\)

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#213212 - 06/26/08 08:31 PM Re: Televisions [Re: Zarak]
tomtuttle Offline
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Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8267
Loc: Tacoma
At that distance, I would definitely say get the 720. There is no substitute for "bigger". Ray would tell you to try and find the 58" commercial Panny. If he wasn't too busy for our ilk, that is.
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#213214 - 06/26/08 08:32 PM Re: Televisions [Re: tomtuttle]
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#213254 - 06/27/08 11:22 AM Re: Televisions [Re: Ken.C]
Zarak Offline
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Registered: 03/09/03
Posts: 1849
Loc: PA
Especially when you live on the 5th tee.

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