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My friend wants a 32-37" tv for Christmas. I recommended getting a tv that has an upscaler chip built into it so everything will be 1080P. I have a Mits
65" DLP tv, and I love the upscaler in it. So the question is, what's the best TV with an upscaler built-in, in that size range? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Originally Posted by bushfilm View Post

My friend wants a 32-37" tv for Christmas. I recommended getting a tv that has an upscaler chip built into it so everything will be 1080P. I have a Mits
65" DLP tv, and I love the upscaler in it. So the question is, what's the best TV with an upscaler built-in, in that size range? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

I don't think there's any 1080p TV without an upscaler is there? Ones with no upscaler would most likely show SD content using just a 5th or 6th of the screen - which doesn't happen.
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Just to be clear, you are saying that all 1080P tv's...Vizio, Sharp, etc., have upconverting chips built into them? Can you say which of these might be your favorite? I haven't bought a new set in a couple of years, in case you couldn't tell. I am leaning toward the Sharp Aquos, or a Vizio. Thanks!
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Since 2009 there has been little effective difference between various HDTV and PC Monitor models in scaling/deinterlacing/framerate conversion operations. There are at least three inexpensive single chip solutions for this that essentially have optimal performance at an inexpensive price. This happy state of affairs results from the nature of all 1080p flat panel displays, which requires that every input signal in every format be converted to the native 1080p panel resolution for display. The manufacturers concentrated on video performance and the resulting solutions are cheap and effective. So don't worry about that aspect of display selection, unless you are buying a used display from before 2009.

Instead focus on the number and type of A/V inputs, the image quality, and the builtin "Smart TV" features. It is very convenient that the HDTV support every online service that the owner has or wants to have, even if he already has other solutions in the form of game consoles, networked BluRay players, Roku boxes, etc. Having the HDTV do such without external hardware gives a lot of flexibility. Another usefull feature if you have and use mobil devices is the ability to accept video streamed from laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
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Originally Posted by bushfilm View Post

Just to be clear, you are saying that all 1080P tv's...Vizio, Sharp, etc., have upconverting chips built into them? Can you say which of these might be your favorite? I haven't bought a new set in a couple of years, in case you couldn't tell. I am leaning toward the Sharp Aquos, or a Vizio. Thanks!

See Gary's post.

But yes, they will all have upscaling functions built in. I haven't compared them, though I'd probably check the tech reviews of the TVs I was interested in getting, just to be sure there were no problems with/which were the best (if there are differences) at de-interlacing/upscaling/24Hz display etc. - ie. they usually test each with different test sequences (and personally I'd probably get one with 3D capability too) - as well as other things that affect picture quality. Also, you could view the different TVs in person to compare them picture quality wise.
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All fixed pixel displays (including all plasmas and LCDs) will automtically upscale to their native resolution, whether that is 720p, 1080p, or another resolution. The quality of the upscaler can vary, and if he buys an inexpensive 32-37" display, it won't be the best quality and likely won't be 1080p (at that size, he doesn't really need 1080p).
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Originally Posted by BillP View Post

All fixed pixel displays (including all plasmas and LCDs) will automtically upscale to their native resolution, whether that is 720p, 1080p, or another resolution. The quality of the upscaler can vary, and if he buys an inexpensive 32-37" display, it won't be the best quality and likely won't be 1080p (at that size, he doesn't really need 1080p).

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