- May 28, 2002
I have a Pioneer RPTV that displays the full 2+ megapixels of 1920x1080 content, but I was still thinking of eventually getting a 16:9 HDTV compatible plasma display. Then I noticed something: in the specifications for every one I was reading up on the maximum resolutions were never higher than 1366x768 or 848x480, depending on screen size. I thought at first that those were native resolutions and that a 1080i signal would be detected and displayed in full HDTV resolution, but the specs always referred to 768 or 480 lines as the maximum. Can this be true? Are people shelling out 10,000 clams for sets that just downconvert HDTV content to VGA and SDTV resolutions? I had a similar revelation about CRT projectors that max out at 1.3 megapixels 1280x1024. My low-end RP HDTV is outputting a much more detailed image than even the new digital theatres showing Star Wars. My image is artifact-free and sharp as heck, so I don't see what the trade off could be, other than the weight and having to adjust the convergence regularly.