Best HDTV for ~$2000 CDN ($1500 USD)

Discussion in 'Displays' started by WilliamD, Jan 23, 2004.

  1. WilliamD

    WilliamD Auditioning

    Nov 12, 2002
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    My girlfriend is looking into buying a new HDTV, and was looking at the Sony KP46WT510 (46" Projection HDTV).

    I was wondering if this is a good TV, and what other options I have out there. The unit is on sale for $2299.99 + free $300.00 gift card (could also probably negotiate down to $2000ish).

    I would more specifically like to know about the picture quality, and HDTV support rather then feature (like PIP). This Sony supports pretty much every type of HD (480i, 480p, 720p, 960i, 1080i), but all I'm really looking for is 480i, 480p, 720p, and maybe 1080i...

    I know DVD's are formatted for 480p, so I guess any HDTV will do for that, but I would also like to see some 720p/1080i support for my XBox games (very few actually support it though, and gamecube/ps2 only have 480p as well).

    If I could be pointed in the right direction (maybe an HDTV roundup!) That'd be great!


    William Decker
  2. Brendan Low

    Brendan Low Auditioning

    Mar 22, 2002
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    I'm actually in the exact same predicament, and am looking for the best possible solution! Any help would be a great asset for this newbie to RPTV!
  3. Iver

    Iver Second Unit

    Sep 23, 2002
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    William, the equipment manufacturers create a bit of confusion with their marketing copy.

    Most HD-ready TV's (and HDTV's) only display images at 480p and 1080i.

    A TV may be said to handle 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i, but that does not mean it actually displays at all those resolutions. In the example I gave above, 480i would be line-doubled up to 480p, 480p would be displayed at the native 480p, and 720p would either be down-converted to 480p or up to 1080i.

    The Sony TV's have a feature whereby they convert 480i to 960i. They have had this pretty much since they first brought out their HD-ready TV's (both RPTV's and direct-view sets). Recently, they have added an option where 480i can be converted to 480p.

    In some cases, 480p is preferable to 960i because of issues with motion artifacts. In other cases the higher resolution of 960i may be preferred (though at any given moment only 480 lines are on the screen).

    The 720p format is unusual to find as a native resolution, but most sets are capable of converting it up to 1080i or down to 480p. So, while you will not often find a native 720p display for your xBox, it will be converted to another higher (hopefully) rez format.

    Check out this site for a good explanation of basic video display technology:

    Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity.

    If you want some general suggestions on specific models, here are a few (in $USD): the Toshiba RPTV's such as the 42H83, $1260 delivered from onecall, or 46H83, $1350 delivered from onecall (though Tosh quality seems to have dropped off just a bit in the last couple of years); the Panasonic PT-47WX49, $1350 delivered from onecall.

    Other good lower-priced RPTV's include the Sony's, the Mitsubishis, and the Hitachis.

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