720p, HD-DVD, and KV-40XBR800

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  1. Greg Lovern

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    My wife and I are considering getting a Sony KV-40XBR800. She watches a lot of television and neither of us care much about seeing black bars (while watching letterboxed movies, which we do a lot), so a big 4:3 direct view is an attractive choice.

    My only concern is that for that kind of dough, I'd like it to work for us for more than just a couple years. I understand that HD-DVD will be 720p, and the KV-40XBR800 converts 720p signals to 1080i. Any thoughts on how good that is likely to look? Whenever HD-DVD appears I'm probably going to want to be an early adopter, so if HD-DVD isn't going to look good converted to 1080i on the KV-40XBR800 then we'll probably settle for a used 36" HDTV until unconverted 720p is available on a good large direct view.

    Thanks for any thoughts.

    Greg
     
  2. Andy L

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    I wasn't aware that the resolution for HD-DVD has been announced yet. Since most HD capable sets sold thus far aren't 720p capable, I'd be surprised if 1080i had been pulled off the table.

    That being said, I think that a 720p DVD converted to 1080i would still look pretty good. I've watched HD ABC shows (720p) on my 36" Panasonic set (which is 1080i only)and I couldn't tell the difference between the ABC shows and CBS shows which are native 1080i.

    I'll bet if you went into Magnolia Hi-Fi some night when KOMO was showing HD, they'd figure out a way to demo it for you.
     
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