1080p - Should I wait?

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  1. Shaughan

    Shaughan Stunt Coordinator

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    So looking at what is coming out of CES and reading a lot of the articles on places like http://www.hdforindies.com/ I am coming to the conclusion that LCD TVs with 1080p inputs are going to be widely available in 06 - I am looking at 40" LCD displays now but I am thinking of waiting - thoughts?
     
  2. ChrisMatson

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    It sounds like you answered your own question.
    I personally would wait for 1080p inputs before buying a TV.
    Blu-ray will support 1080p and if you want to display that native resolution, you will have to wait for 1080p inputs.
    If you simply want current HDTV, 720p/1080i will suffice.
    But why hamstring a new investment?
     
  3. Shaughan

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    Thanks, Chris. That kind of mirrors my thoughts too.
     
  4. BrianShort

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    I guess if you're willing to wait... I purchased the Sony 42A10 back at the end of August / early September. While I'm very glad I have it, and love the picture quality, I do wish it supported 1080p (even though the 720p clips I have look great). I'm actually considering selling it when BD comes out and getting a bigger SXRD set, or making it a bedroom set. I'd kind of like to see how much better 1080p actually looks over 720p. I know it's a huge jump (even larger than from 480p to 720p) but how much of that difference can you see?

    Brian
     
  5. Shaughan

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    I shoot video on a Sony Z1 HDV camera. It's max resolution output is 1440x1080i. I encode to 720p and 1080i in post with this and the difference between them is stunning.
     
  6. Chris Bardon

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    Well, I just bought the Sony 50" SXRD that supports 1080p and even though I haven't actually seen a 1080p signal on it, it's a fantastic TV. You can get a TV with 1080p now, and think of it as a way to "future proof" your investment.

    Now, will they get cheaper down the line? Absolutely, but so will everything. It all depends on what you want to spend on a TV.
     
  7. Scott Merryfield

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    Unless Sony offers a firmware upgrade, you will not be seeing a 1080p signal on your new Sony at all. While their current SXRD RPTV's will display video in 1080p, they only accept up to a 1080i signal -- which is then converted to 1080p for display.

    Sony did announce a new 55-inch model at CES, but I have not seen whether it will accept a 1080p signal.
     
  8. Dave H

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    That's true about the Sony. There is A LOT of confusion and misconception about 1080p.
     
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    Does HDMI support 1080 pogressive or are we looking at an even new type of connection.
     
  10. NateS

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    I recently purchased a Toshiba 56HM195, which is their 1080p 56" DLP model. To date, it's amazing. Watching the NFL in HD on this set is unreal. However, am I going to have a firmware issue to recieve 1080p content, as Scott said?
     
  11. Shaughan

    Shaughan Stunt Coordinator

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    This is exactly why I am thinking of waiting on this. None of the current displays will take a 1080p input signal. Since the difference between 1080i and p is merely and interlace issue I cannot see why it would not be able to be sent across HDMI.

    I am probably going to wait for SED technology with 1080p input before I buy.
     
  12. Scott Merryfield

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    Since we seem to be at another cusp of a technology change in HD displays, I'm waiting, too. However, in my situation waiting is easier, since I have a five year old Toshiba 56H80 HD display that is still working well (although it does not have any HDMI inputs). If my Toshiba was to die tomorrow, though, I would have a tough decision to make.
     
  13. Joseph DeMartino

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    My 10 year old Toshiba was dying and I had to replace it. After a lot of back and forth I bought a 56" 720p JVC D-ILA on sale plus a 10% off coupon (and a little horse-trading on cables and a Westinghouse 32" LCD) at Best Buy. I decided it was my best price/performance option for the next 5 to 7 years, which is the earliest I would expect to be acquiring any 1080p source material anyway. I couldn't justify spending the extra money for the Sony SXRD (in either a smaller or bigger size than I wanted, since they don't make a 56") or waiting and still paying a premium for the JVC 1080p.

    When the dust settles in the hi-def DVD wars, and digital broadcasting has gotten out of the nursery and all the technology has matured a bit, I'll look at 1080p (maybe SED [​IMG]) for my next HT monitor. (And move the JVC to my home office. [​IMG])

    Regards,

    Joe
     
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    The SXRD's are having some color uniformity issues. Also, the blacks don't get inky black.
     
  15. StuartL

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    Well, for all you SXRD skeptic "experts", I plunked down the heavy money for a new Sony 60" SXRD just before Christmas...
    Best Buy had it between several other brands, and I thought the resolution (even at standard HD) looked superior to the others. I am extremely happy with my purchase, and am eagerly awaiting seeing something that utilizes the full capability. Side by side, I could definitely see a smoother, sharper image on this screen than on other brand's standard HD screens.
    I will add comments later, but currently I am very happy with its performance.
    Stu L
     

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