480p versus 720p

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  1. steve jaros

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    It seems as if most HDTVs, or at least the ones that can be bought for less than 3k, offer 1080i or 420p resolution.
    But i've also heard about 720p. How does this compare to 420p, and which sets have it?
     
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    720p and 1080i are High defination formats. 480p is not, although looks great via a progressive scan dvd player with an hd ready set..There are not too many hd ready sets that accept both 720p and 1080i..Pansonic use to but dropped the 720p...ABC is the only broadcaster doing 720p and your Set Top Box would convert the 720p signal to 1080i if that is all your set accepts...
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    Mike, thanks for the info. on 720p. Can i ask you another question?
    I want to get an HDTV - one that actually can display 1080i signals without an extra "box" (tuner) having to be purchased.
    I keep saying lingo like "HDTV compatible" and "HDTV ready". How do i know if this means that i'd need a box or not?
    Thanks!
     
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    If the set you are looking at is HD ready or compatable you need a HD set top box...You can look for a set that has an intergrated HD tuner, but at this time there is not a huge selection especially with HD RPTVs...By going with an intergrated tuner, you generally will not save any money as these sets are usually about a grand more than the same set without an intergrated tuner..HD STB's can be had for around 500 now...
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    Steve, I have the 56" panasonic wxf95 and it does 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i. This set is still available all over the place. I have had it for 10 months now and love it. Go to audioreview.com and read the reviews. It is a great set.
     
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    I have the 65" version of the Panasonic an it is very nice. I think there are still plenty of these out there too. It is very big though, I had about 3/4" clearance on either side getting it through the front door. It will do 480i, 480p, 720p and 1080i, native 720p is awsome, though it is hard to see a huge difference(to me) between that and 1080i.
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