Hi all - I'd like to figure out my parent's TV model, so I can know if I can buy them a blu-ray player for Christmas. I could, of course, just ask them, but I figure this would sort of give away the game, and so would like to avoid doing that if possible.
Here's what I know:
It's a pioneer plasma
It's an "older" model - I think they bought it 5-10 years ago
It was designed for 1080i, but not 1080p (I know this because I remember my dad saying he got a "good deal" on it, because everyone was trying to sell their 1080i models, because 1080p was the new hotness...)
It's somewhere from 42"-50"
It's native resolution is not a standard 720 or 1080 one - ie, it's something weird like 1,365 x 768, and it automatically downrezzes incoming 1080 signals.
I believe (though I wouldn't swear to it) that it has speakers on either side of the screen
It's remote is black, rectangular, and (frankly) kind of ugly - it looks something like this:
I'd guess it was the 1140HD, except that it supports 1080p (the remote picture was taken from that user manual). Anyone have any other suggestions? Or, if anyone simply knows of a fairly complete list of pioneer plasma displays, that would be helpful, as well.
On the other hand, what I REALLY want to know is if I can buy a Blu-Ray player, and hook it up to the damn thing. Since Blu-Rays are encoded at 1080p24, this would mean that either:
A) the tv could accept a 1080p signal, and then automatically interlace alternate frames to display in 1080i (or, really, 1365x768i, or whatever format it's native format actually is)
B) the Blu-Ray player can be set to output at 1080i?
...so if anyone can answer one of those questions directly, that would be helpful too...