I'm looking at both the Vizio and the Philips; Philips looks like it is available only online; I'm hoping that the Philips can handle a 1080p signal and that it is a mistake in their materials....Vizio's quality is hit and miss.....
wtfer...why would you say weak specs all the way across. from the link you posted Philips claim to support 1080p on this model ( they list it under "features" but not under "specifications."
Having owned a sony sxrd, there is a difference between 1080p panel resolution and its accompanying inputs. Nothing in the specs or features suggests this TV will accept ANY 1080p input. Even the PDF file on the website indicates a max input resolution of 1080i. Everything will be upconverted to 1080p, but I seriously doubt you will be able to feed this a 1080p video signal. It is a shame because the other specs are actually pretty good and I am impressed with the Philips 42" LCD which is on display at Sams and Costco.
I'm not sure what you are looking at but I am referring to the specs on the Philips site. They claim Full HD display 1920 X 1080p. Philips is one of the companies that use "Full" to indicate 1080p resolution, as opposed to other manufacturers who use "True" HD. Maybe they just forgot to print 1080p as one of the resoltions in the maual or spec sheet. Look everywhere else in the "features" and "specifications" and you will see they do claim 1080p.
Anyway, what do you mean by "upconverted." Are you saying some sort of firmware/software upgrade will allow 1080p from 1080i???
it is full or true 1080p... all lated LCD panels have 1080p support. No one will be buying if it didn't. Just go to Fry's they are clearning out of all old 1080i sets and most of the ones they have now are 1080p.
I too was looking at the philips but decided against it because of the input limit of 1080i. This means that yes the display itself will display at 1080p BUT it will not allow a straight input from say a blu-ray players output of 1080p. It will only take a 1080i input.
So instead of it being 1080p input to display at 1080p on the screen. It can only take a maximum of 1080i input and through some fancy electronics scale it up to 1080p which is the native resolution of the display. So yes you will see everything in 1080p the only downside of this set is that you can not feed it a straight 1080p input like high definition dvd material and thats why there are some of us disappointed by the specs.
I wont even mention how weak the PC resolution support is on it as well.
I'm also interested in this set and very confused by the specs! Why in the world would anyone create a 1920x1080p panel that doesn't accept 1080p inputs. Makes zero sense to me.........
Ask Sony...that is exactly what they did with their 1st run sony sxrd systems. Funny think is my Pioneer Plasma will accept a 1080p signal, but the panels max resolution is 720p. I agree it makes little sense. I guess other than to add consumer hype that they have a 1080p panel. Need to read the fine print.