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HD Plasma TV for $3099 or Not ???


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#1 of 3 OFFLINE   SeanA

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Posted May 21 2003 - 01:59 PM

I just saw a Samsung plasma TV at eCost that they are advertising as "HDTV Compatible" for only $3099, and I thought WOW !!! I know there are EDTV (480p capable I believe) Plasmas that can be had now for under $3000, but I don't recall seeing any HD Plasmas anywhere near this price.

Here is the link:

www.ecost.com/ecost/shop/detail.asp?action=techspec&dpno=594971#scroll

Note that resolution is stated as 852 x 480, which I take to mean lines of resolution. Is this not just 480p territory on a 42" widescreen ? If so, how can they call this TV "HDTV Compatible" ? Is that different from "HDTV Ready" ?
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#2 of 3 OFFLINE   Jed M

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Posted May 21 2003 - 03:52 PM

Quote:
Note that resolution is stated as 852 x 480, which I take to mean lines of resolution. Is this not just 480p territory on a 42" widescreen ? If so, how can they call this TV "HDTV Compatible" ? Is that different from "HDTV Ready" ?

It is an EDTV, but is capable of down converting hdtv. So in reality it is HDTV Compatible.
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#3 of 3 OFFLINE   PaulHeroy

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Posted May 21 2003 - 05:06 PM

ALL of these $3k EDTV plasma sets are "HDTV Compatible", in that they will accept a signal in 1080i format.

Doesn't mean they'll actually display anywhere near that resolution, as you've obviously realized. But it sure sounds good to the uneducated. Now, if you just want to watch DVDs and SDTV these panels should be pretty good, but personally I can't see spending that kind of money on something that won't let me truly benefit from HDTV (when I get there in the next year or so... Posted Image ).