Sony KP-51WS500 and 720p

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  1. Trent_N

    Trent_N Agent

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    I'm shopping for my first HDTV and I have a question.

    How does the Sony 51WS500 handle 720p? I have an X-Box and some games output 720p and I believe ABC HD is broadcast in 720p and want to know if I'll have any trouble before I buy this TV.

    I'm also considering the Hitachi 51" that some have raved about on this forum. It displays 720p natively but is a bit more expensive, so I'm trying to figure out the best way to meet my needs while also making sure my wife doesn't kill me.
     
  2. Kris Coffin

    Kris Coffin Stunt Coordinator

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    From everything I have read, it seems like the 51WS500 down converts any 720p signal to 480p. Same goes for any 540p, it's down converted as well.

    Another option is Toshibas 51H82 or 51HDX82. They support 720 as well, except they up convert it to 1080i. As well the take any 480i/p signal and convert it to 540p.

    Just some food for thought.

    KC
     
  3. Phil L

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    The WS series sony sets downconvert 720p>480p.

    The Hitachis do not display 720p. They, like the toshibas, only do 540p and 1080i.

    If your set top box can side convert to 1080i(most can) then this shouldn't really be an issue.
     
  4. Trent_N

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    Phil,

    Hitachi's website says that the TVs are 720p compatible (but I think the TV actually upconverts it to 1080i), so is that what you mean? If the set top box upconverts and the TV doesn't, won't the X-Box be affected on games that output 720p? If the Hitachi TVs do upconvert, that may be a step up from the Sony if I intend to use an X-Box with the TV.
     
  5. Phil L

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    Yes, the Hitachis convert 720p to 1080i. I meant to say that they don't do 720p natively.

    Don't know anything about X-Box.
     

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