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March 8, 2006

So What are 1080p TVs?

Hope you had a great holiday yesterday! The family and I sat around the bonfire (aka "burning trash pile") and shared our found memories of the other white meat. Anyway, back to reality. You've probably heard the buzz about the new 1080p format for HDTV, but do you really know what that means? Consumer Reports has a nice article that gives us a little more information about 1080p:

TV technology has taken another step forward with the introduction of so-called 1080p TVs. With a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, the highest so far, these TVs are the first with the potential to display all 1,080 lines in the most common high-definition format, called 1080i. (Until now, TV resolution has maxed out at 1366x768, requiring 1080i HD signals to be down-converted to match the TV's less-detailed display capabilities.)

That should result in the smoothest, sharpest TV images yet. And that's exactly what we saw when we tested nine 1080p sets recently. But by itself, the improved detail conferred by 1080p resolution does not guarantee excellent images. A TV must do well with other factors--including contrast, black level, and color--to achieve overall excellence in picture quality. Our tests proved the point. While all the tested 1080p sets were fine performers, only some have an excellent picture.

While I suggest waiting for the 1080p prices go down a bit, 1080p should definitely be on your "must-have features" list for your next HDTV.

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Posted by William Hungerford at March 8, 2006 10:49 AM

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