Originally Posted by sage11x
1. Unless you're sitting RIGHT in front of it, 720p.
2. If you're a gamer, go sharp. Otherwise, sammy.
3. At 32" blu ray is really over-kill, get a nice upconvert dvd player and save for a larger tv.
Haha, are you joking? Blu-ray overkill on an HDTV?
That's the worst advice I've ever heard. You don't buy an HDTV just because it's bigger. You buy an HDTV for high definition content.
Standard definition looks like ASS on an HDTV. Hmm, 307,200 pixels vs. 2,073,600. I wonder which one's going to look like ass on that TV with 2 million pixels. A source that has only 307,200 or a source that has video information for every pixel on that TV?
If you want to just keep watching stuff in standard definition, you should just get a big standard definition TV. Upscaled standard definition on an HDTV still looks like garbage and is nowhere near comparable to pure high definition content.
Anyone considering a 32" HDTV is probably not going to be sitting a mile away from it anyway. I don't see the point in sitting a mile away from your TV. Just throw a recliner in front of it and plop your ass down in front of it. All you need is a little bit of leg room between your feet rest on the pulled out footrest and the stand your TV is sitting on. Of course he's going to be sitting RIGHT in front of it. If you don't have the room for a TV larger than 32" you're going to be sitting RIGHT in front of it.
This is still the best value for 32" HDTVs:http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...i_sku=10714063
Originally Posted by jlhhl11
I'm a neophyte on the technical aspects of this topic, so please excuse my ignorance. I'm thinking of buying a flat panel hdtv and will use OTA for reception. My question concerns the type of hdtv that will be most appropriate for OTA, a 720p or 1080p. Does OTA provide 1080p type of signal or should I just buy a 720p hdtv? Of course there's a huge cost difference but I would like to buy a 1080p hdtv if it makes sense when combined with using OTA reception. If not, I'll get a 720p set. Thanks.
I recommend 1080p for OTA mainly because about half the channels are in 1080i and half of them are in 720p. NBC, CW, CBS use 1080i. Fox, ABC, PBS use 720p.
Now, with the 1080i channels, you can see their full picture quality on a 1080p set because it's the same resolution, just more frames. If you had a 720p set it would actually have to remove information from the picture and decrease the quality to scale it down to your set. For the 720p channels, they'd be fine on a 720p set of course. On a 1080p set they're upscaled. They do not look as good as the 1080i channels since they're a lower resolution. They will still look good since they're HD, but they will look smoother, a little more blurry and less sharp/clear than the 1080i channels.