Originally Posted by redlinegts85
I should have done more research, but as soon as I set this TV up I noticed it looked more pixelated than my lcd that is the same size. After further research I found that it only has a resolution of 1024x768, which IMO isn't even really HD. Unacceptable.
I'm definitely returning this and looking at purchasing the 50" Panasonic 1080p from best buy. Does anyone know if this actually has the full 1920x1080 resolution or am I going to get ripped off on pixels like I did with the Samsung?
Yes, you should have done more research - that, of course, is no one's fault but your own.
Nevertheless, 1024x768 has been a standard resolution for 42"-class plasma panels for some years, and such a set is capable of providing a very nice picture.
Read the Quote that Mailiang was kind enough to post for you.
When comparing the E450 to your LCD, how far away are you sitting? If you are trying to use the panel as a large computer monitor, then, NO, a 768 panel will not suffice. But for watching HD TV, blu-rays, or HD DVDs from a reasonable distance - say 8 feet or so - the picture should be fine (although, admittedly, some people are more sensitive to SDE than others, and thus might require a farther distance.)
When moving up to a 50" panel, you really want at least 1366x768 (Panasonic reduced even their 50" "720p" panels to 1024x768 a few years ago - a shame!) - although in the current market there is precious little cost savings to be had between a 50" 720p and a 50" 1080p set, thus making the lower resolution harder to recommend (esp as they tend to be "cheapened" in areas beyond simple resolution). Ideally, you would like a 10ft viewing distance for a 1366x768 50" panel.
FWIW, our current sets (all Panasonic): 42" 1024x768; 50" 1366x768 (&, at approx. 9 ft viewing distance, usually the nicest panel for "HD TV" shows!); and 60" Pan ST50 - nicest panel for blu-rays & hd dvds, at 9ft, but - as hinted above - for reasons BEYOND mere resolution. In fact, the vast majority of people who have seen our 50" panel have ASSUMED that it WAS a "1080p" model.
Note that IF you are sitting Very Close to your set, moving up to a 50" model - even a 1080p set - may also result in disappointment: the larger picture area will do a Wonderful job of revealing all of the FLAWS in whatever source you feed it. This is why we often prefer our 50" set over the 60" for "HD TV" - which is seldom True HD in quality - to say nothing of many SD DVDs. (I sometimes move to a 12 ft seating distance if watching "TV" on the 60" - that is far enough away to "hide" most minor source flaws.)
Better luck with your next purchase!