Originally Posted by LiquidSnake
I'd be on the sceptical side of that set, old as it is, actually handling 720p properly
Just do some simple Googling to research this, and you'll find that this was the set's remarkable characteristic... even back in 2000.Early announcement/review
in Widescreen Review. "Sampo HDTVs are the only television products on the market today that display 480i, 480p, 1080i and 720p in native resolution without down-converting the original signal source to match display limitations. As a result, the SME-HD line eliminates data degradation or loss from the conversion process, allowing viewers to see images as intended by the broadcast.Sampo HDTVs, compatible with any PC, can also be used as multi-scanning PC monitors. Picture quality of SME-HD surpasses those of competitors."
Also from Widescreen Review on 2001 CES show
. "pure-flat progressive scan monitors and a 34-inch pure-flat widescreen monitor. All models include high definition component video inputs and 1080i native resolution support. The flagship 34-inch can also display 720p signals in native format without down-conversion. In addition, Sampo HDTVs are compatible with any PC. Picture quality of the widescreen monitor surpasses that of competitors - the Sampo product displays computer graphics at XGA (1024 x 768 pixels) without compromise, whereas traditional HDTVs display only at SVGA (800 x 600)."
Also, from assorted other articles, reviews, and forums/comments online at the time in the early 2000's...
"This is the best direct view HDTV out there! The monitor is professional grade from Toshiba, this is the only t.v. that uses this tube in the U.S. The progressive picture is amazing, the style is wonderful. I'll admit that regular NTSC broadcasts suck, but I definitely didn't spend $1300 for an HDTV to watch over the air, cable, or satellite NTSC broadcasts. I bought this t.v. because it's the only 16:9 direct view that displays 720p in it's native form, and the only one that can display XGA. Connect this monitor through the progressive component inputs and the RGB input and you will be in heaven!"
"Part of the reason to get the Sampo IS 720p native. If you don't care about 720p native then maybe a Phillips direct view would be a better, more automated choice. The reason I am willing to go with a non local supported tv is the 720p and multiscan abilities of the sampo. I refuse to spend $3k and not have THE setup with ALL HD abilities"
"I've seen the 34" 16:9 CRT from Sampo for $1,839 (Sampo SME-34WHD5, the tube is manufactured by Toshiba, and is better than the tubes in any Toshiba-branded sets sold in the United States). It displays 720p... EASILY. Actually, 720p "only" requires a 45Khz horizontal scan rate. The 34WHD5 scans up to FIFTY-TWO Khz! It also supports 480p at up to 120Hz, instead of being limited to 480p/60Hz like most HDTVs. That's only really useful if you have a home theater PC, but still... Oh, it also has the highest video bandwidth I've ever seen in a consumer television, and BOTH VGA and wideband component inputs."
Back in those days where true broadcast HDTV source content was in its infancy, it was big to be able to connect the Sampo "monitor" to PC's, with "high resolution graphics video cards", and custom output resolutions, etc. Remember, this was before BluRay/HD-DVD. DVD's were the thing, and 480p progressive was fantastic.