Originally Posted by 1080z
This review refers to clouding and settings. I think it's pertinent, but it's your choice to read it. Very interesting observations about 1080p vs. 720p, too. This reviewer believes 1080p is more hype than performance. People who don't want to be informed shouldn't read the review.
If you read that 2006 article. He never uses the word "hype." He says that at the time of the article (2006 and the cost of the 52XBR2) he doesn't think that the differences between 1080p vs 1080i (720p) was worth it. Again, at the time. And him saying that 1080p looked worse (color saturation) on an older HDTV in which, HDMI specs, player encoding quality, and source material were not as optimized/standardized as they are today is another thing that kind makes that info outdated.
I really don't think that a display like the XBR2, which is much older, a non-120Hz, 8bit panel and generally not as up-to-date as newer HDMI 1.3 capable HDTVs that you should be using an article to suggest that we should buy a 1080i/720p-only HDTVs instead. From now and into the future, 1080p, will just come-with. There will be no option -- even for smaller sets. And with more and more 1080p/24fps/120Hz, 10-bit panels it will be an greater return of: More Performance + Lower Cost = More value. Would you complain that you got 1080p capable HDTV if it were cheaper than it was 1-2 years ago for the same size?
That would be like complaining to your car dealership if they threw in a CD player in your new Mercedes at minimum cost (back in 1995). What used to be "new technology" will soon become "standard technology."
Also, the audence here is quite different that your avereage joe audience. We look at every detail and are willing to spend a bit more for that small difference.
"As mentioned in other articles, it's just hard to justify extra expense for 1080p vs. 1080i (720p). It's the newest higher resolution to sell the consumer, but is it worth the extra money? Not in my opinion. Having seen the 1080p vs. 1080i several times with several TVs, I can hardly tell the difference and there is that odd event when the 1080p picture actually looks worse due to color over saturation.
At the time this article was written the Sony KDL-52XBR2 was priced at around $XXXX, which represents a small premium over Sharp and Samsung, but a hefty premium over a top of the line 50" plasma tv."