Mid-size HD sets with 720p?

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  1. Philip_S

    Philip_S Stunt Coordinator

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    I've been looking at HD-ready sets for a while, something in the 27" to 34" range. At this point I'm leaning towards a 30" or 34" inch set. All I've seen support 480p & 1080i.

    720p seems to be coming a little more common, anyone know if there are any upcoming mid-size sets that will support it? Or is 720p strictly a Big Screen feature?
     
  2. John Royster

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    Philip,

    I don't know of any CRT displays that actually DISPLAY 720p. Some others might chime with ones that do.

    But you may need to clarify your question. There is a big difference between DISPLAYing 720p and accepting the signal.

    By DISPLAY 720p I mean the TV is actually scanning 720 line progressively and not converting the input signal - also called native 720p. There are not many CRT based tvs that do this however other technologies like DLP, LCD and plasma will because they use a fixed pixel array.

    Many CRT displays will indeed accept 720p programming and material, it is simply converted to 1080i.
     
  3. Randolph Damore

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    I've been looking for a similar set and have not been able to find ANYTHING that supports 720p in that size range short of some plasmas.

    If you're looking for a tube your best option is the Sony KV-32HS500 ($1,499.99 MSRP) or KV-32HV600 ($1,699.99). These sets are both in your size range and offer STUNNING visual quality.

    They do not display 720p though. Instead 720p signals are upscanned to 1080i. This works just fine for video games, which are the about the only thing I know of that uses 720p over 1080i anyway.

    http://www.crutchfield.com/S-gQQ8b2R...p?i=15832HS500

    http://www.crutchfield.com/cgi-bin/S...p?I=15832HV600
     
  4. Philip_S

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    Thanks for the info. I'm looking more for a tube set, 30 or 34" for a natural 16:9 aspect. I would be buying it more for video games, but Xbox is the only console that does 720p anyway.

    I was just wondering if anyone knew if 720p is going to be more commonly supported in the near future. If upcoming sets will support 480p/720p/1080i, I may hold off for a while.
     
  5. David Lorenzo

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    Sets already "support" 720p. They just don't support the display of native 720p. I highly doubt that any direct view TV will do this anytime within the next year. It would be more expensive for the manufacturers to produce TV's that have native 720p resolutions. They would rather spend very little money on adapting current technology to display 1080i and making a huge profit in the process.
     
  6. David Abrams

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    Greetings,

    There was one set that did an outstanding job of displaying 1080i and 720p natively - the Princeton AF-3.0HD. This set retailed for $4,100 and was at one point online for $2,000. It is a 32" set with 30" viewable and it is capable of displaying resoltions up to 1024x768p. It did do 720p natively. I would try looking for one of these used - it had a lot of great features to offer including color filtering that gave the set primary color extremely close to HD Specs.

    Best of Luck,

    David Abrams
    ISF Calibrationist
     

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