1080i/540p now or wait for 1080i/720p?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by JoelW, Jul 26, 2001.

  1. JoelW

    JoelW Stunt Coordinator

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    I've almost made up my mind to go with the new 57hx81 from Toshiba, but I am a bit concerned about 2 of the 4 major networks using a 720p format.
    Will a HD Tuner (such as the Dish Network 6000 receiver) down convert 720p to 480p then the Toshiba converts back from 480p to 540p? That sounds like I'm asking for bad things.
    I'm just curious what all the rest of you guys and gals out there that are currently or have recently bought a 480p/1080i HDTV are planning to do. Are you worried about not having 720p or do you just plan on upgrading again?
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  2. Craig Robertson

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    how 720p is handled really depends on the STB. you will likely have the option to convert to 1080i in the STB which will then be displayed without further conversion by the set.
    most, if not all, of the mainstream television mfrs have stopped supporting native 720p in their sets. SharpVision and Toshiba are instead opting for 540p and 1080i native. as these formats are mathmatically related, (540*2=1080), for the same money they can build a set that performs very well with these two formats vs. a set that handles other formats but does not perform as well. i think that you will see other mfrs follow this trend.
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  3. JoelW

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    I am not familiar with many of the STBs, but if I had the option to convert 720p to 1080i, I would be fine with that.
    I'm not too overly concerned with 1394 connectivity, but the integrated tuner in the 2002 Mitsi's interests me.
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