Sharp Aquos LC-45GD4U

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  1. Baer

    Baer Auditioning

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    Hi Everyone

    I had researched a good bit on this site and AV Forum and thought I had matched us to a Panny ED 42" set. The thought was we only watch DVDs - no cable, no HD sources - these days and thought we'd go low cost now and thought we'd upgrade to an HD set once blu-ray or HD-DVD comes out in quantities and there were more 1080p sets on the market.

    Then I did what everyone recommends we do: I went to look at the sets. I took my reference Pirates of the Carribean and watched the Panny, it didn't look great to me. I understand the set wasn't set up well, but I saw artifacts and the lines around some of the faces were squiggly...I watched it with 2 different DVD players, one with just native 480p and another with a scaler (although I'm not sure that should have made a difference).

    Then I watched the same scenes on the Sharp Aquos 45" 1080p LCD set...it was just amazing! It was the same DVD player feeding both sets - a $150 Sony that scaled the DVD up to 1080i on the Sharp. Really amazing picture, really amazing difference. Completely blew me away. No artifacts, no screen door, unbelievable detail, and really good blacks - better blacks than the Panny through my eyes.

    So, I've got two questions for your collective wisdom:

    1. Should I invest in a $5500 1080p set now as opposed to later? I wasn't going to because I didn't think it would do my 480p DVDs justice, but it does! I guess my question is once Blu-ray/HDDVD or whatever comes out will there be specific technologies required to watch them that no sets have today...

    2. What kind of DVD player should I buy to feed the native 1080p Sharp Aquos? I expect I need something with HDMI out and a scaler to make my 480p DVDs look great on the 1080p set.


    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. John S

    John S Producer

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    Well you certainly should buy the display you like the most...
     
  3. PerryD

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    I would save the HDMI input for a true HD source like HD-DVD or your HD cable box. I'm sure the Sharp would upconvert a 480p component signal well enough.

    This set should have all the necessary inputs to watch HD for years to come, but you are correct that until HD-DVD or Blu-Ray come out, will any unknown compatibility issues be addressed. I bought a dolby digital receiver 6 months before the first dvd players came out. While perfect for laserdisc dolby digital, the receiver stuttered and dropped out when it received a dolby digital stereo signal (non-5.1). I had to send the receiver in for firmware updates to resolve this.

    The only drawback is that this set will drop in price significantly in the next year or two. I remember Onecall selling this set recently for $9000, but now the new model LC-45GD6U adds an ATSC/QAM HD tuner and sells less than $5000 at the same store.
     
  4. TicoTVA

    TicoTVA Stunt Coordinator

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    I'd say consider the HD950 from Samsung or the Toshiba SD-5970 for your HDMI input DVD players

    However, its a tough question on whether or not choose the
    1080p now or later. The 480 will not look that great on the 1080i TV ,plus there are no broadcast signals now that will really fill the 1080p resolutions unless the signal is up scaled.
    You can still however, enjoy a good hi-def picture with sharp!
    --- make the best choice for yourself.




    So, I've got two questions for your collective wisdom:

    1. Should I invest in a $5500 1080p set now as opposed to later? I wasn't going to because I didn't think it would do my 480p DVDs justice, but it does! I guess my question is once Blu-ray/HDDVD or whatever comes out will there be specific technologies required to watch them that no sets have today...

    2. What kind of DVD player should I buy to feed the native 1080p Sharp Aquos? I expect I need something with HDMI out and a scaler to make my 480p DVDs look great on the 1080p set.
     

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