Originally Posted by sisophous
His daughter will notice the difference when she views DVDs provided she uses the HDMI cable. There is a big difference. 720p stinks, I have it on my kitchen set and it is tolerable but inferior to my 1080p set when watching standard DVDs.
No, at with a 32 inch set, unless you are sitting within 2 feet from the set, you won't notice the difference. And as the above poster said, upconverting a 480i signal with that size set, you wont notice the difference between 720p and 1080p.
The HDMI cable is dirt cheap, you can get a 3 foot cable on Amazon.com for $10, other places less.
Or Monoprice for 4 bucks.
If you take a cable line, without using any cable box, and connect it to a 720p set and a 1080p set the picture quality will be identical.
This statement has many flaws. First, you are assuming the user is subscribed to cable. Second you are assuming the cable company is sending qam channels to the user. Third, you are assuming the tv has a QAM tuner. Fourth, the picture will be identical to what? Compared to an upconverted dvd, HD cable over QAM will provide a much better picture, as the source is HD. And of course there are MANY other factors, cable company compression, number of sub channels, etc.
But, if you view DVDs using an HDMI cable on both TVs, the 1080p set will be clearer.
Again, not in every case. It depends on the source disc, it depends on the type of dvd upconverter, it depends on the tv's internal processing, it depends on the tv size (which we have already said with a 32 inch set you really can't tell the difference).
And, like I mentioned, if she should ever get a high definition cable box hooked up to the TV, she needs the 1080p set to get a super sharp picture.
You REALLY should just stop commenting on this thread, you are confusing the people reading it. This statement is COMPLETELY false. You do not "need" a 1080p set to be able to use a cable box. ANY tv will be able to accept a signal from a cable box. And in case you didn't know, ATSC TV maxes out at 1080i, so again, 1080p is not needed. And AGAIN, with a 32 inch set, unless you are less than a foot away from the screen, you will NOT notice the difference between 720p and 1080i.