I just don't undersand why so many 720p owners are still holding on to thier 720p TV's and screaming "1080p is a waste of money" and "there is no difference".
I have owned both and I would take a 1080p TV over a 720p anyday.
Resolution matters people!!!! I don't understand why everyone keeps putting resolution as number 4 and 5 on the importance list. It should be higher.
If resolution is not important then we should all drop HDTV's all together and go back to the CRT days becasue as most know, the Color, contrast, black levels are much better on a CRT.
So why did we all go HD? The answer is RESOLUTION!! The higher the resolution the sharper the picture and more detail.
720p is great but it is not 1080p.
If two tvs have the same quality then the 1080p version is the better TV. There is no question in this.
I recently bought the Pioneer pdp-5080hd. This is a 720p television.
Before I bought this TV I owned a KDS-R60XBR2 1080p television. And when I got the Pioneer home I was very disappointed. The picture was not as detailed when watching my 1080i hd and 1080p blu-ray. The pioneer has to downscale all 1080i/p signals. In doing this it loses over half of the pixel information. Thats alot of detail to lose.
So I took the Pioneer pdp-5080hd (720p) back and got the Samsung LNT-5271F (1080p,120hz,lcd).
There was a noticable (not huge) difference in picture detail with the samsung. Also, the Samsumg has a much brighter more vibrant picture than the pioneer. The pioneer was great with blacks but when it came to bright scenes it was pretty dim. The only way I could stop this was to boost up the contrast which I do not like doing becasue you lose color accuacy and I try to stay as true to the signal as possible.
Also, I love the effects of the 120hz. It makes movies look kinda like a home video or soap opera (which alot of people do not like but I do).
But after having the Samsung for about 3 weeks I started disliking the reflective screen, color accuracy, 1080i video processing, SD processing, and a few other things.
So I traded the LNT-5271F in for the new Sony KDL-52XBR4.
I seem to like the Sony best in pretty much all categories with the exception of the black levels of the Pioneer.
So The sony is the TV I stuck with and have been loving it ever since.
720p is on its way out regardless of what anyone says. most newer HDTVs are going 1080p. So why buy a 720p television??
I recently went to look at the new Pioneer Kuro 1080p models.
At the store they had the Pioneer Kuro PDP-5080hd(720p) and the Pioneer Kuro PDP-5010FD(1080p) side by side. I noticed a good difference in picture detail between the two (especially when the screen was displaying text, the 720p showed a "screen door" effect on the letters and I hated that). The price difference was pretty big but the 1080p version was the better picture hands down.
Most average TV watchers might not notice much of a difference at 8 feet or so. But I myself am hooked on HD and really pay attention to detail (plus, my eyesight is better than 20/20 my eyedoctor tells me) so I see a difference. And most real HD fanatics do also.
I have decided that I am going to buy the Pioneer PRO-150FD. This is the 60 inch elite 1080p Kuro.
in my opinion, this flat panel can not be beat. And the fact that it is 1080p is a big factor!
The bottom line:
Most new TV's are going 1080p (EVEN PLASMAS).
Most new HD media (blu-ray,HD-DVD) is going 1080p.
The price difference is slowly going away (wish it would hurry up).
So the question should not be "Should I get a 720p HDTV or a 1080p HDTV?".
The question should be "Is the small price difference between 720p and 1080p worth the added benefits of 1080p?"
The answer will be different depending on the person and what they consider important in a TV.
So there really is no wrong answer. If you don't consider the added benefits worth it then 1080p is not for you.