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post #1 of 10
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Is the Panasonic TH-42PX25U/P a good choice for the HD-DVD standard to come?

It has: 1024 x 768 native resolution
HDMI-HDCP Interface
480p/1080i HDTV compatiblity
post #2 of 10
Whats your viewing distance? The 42" HD plasmas don't have very much horizontal resolution compared to the 50" plasmas (1366x768).
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
My viewing distance is about 5 feet, but that can be adjusted if necessary.
post #4 of 10
First, you should know that you will be able to watch HD-DVD on this panasonic display (especially since it has HDMI/HDCP). The picture quality should be nice but as mentioned, the resolution of this set, especially when viewed at 5 feet, will be well under what HD-DVD is capable of. The native encoding for much of HD-DVD content is going to be 1920x1080 (or cropped version thereof) so at 1024x768, you are seeing a lot less than the true resolution of the source.

Alas, there are no mass volume and affordable Plasma displays that have 1080p resolution. But going up to 50", will give you a bit more headroom than you have with the 42".

Amir
post #5 of 10
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Originally posted by buffy
Is the Panasonic TH-42PX25U/P a good choice for the HD-DVD standard to come?

Should be OK...now as to what the standard is going to finally be and when it comes to market is pretty open to speculation. If it was going to be this year I would think there would have been more promotion going on at CES.

Mort
post #6 of 10
I feel confident HD-DVDs will look great on my EDTV display just as HD programming looks great now. Hey, DVDs may even look somewhat better. All this at 12 feet plus.
post #7 of 10
Is there anything about the HD-DVD format that would cause any particular display to work better or worse than it does for HD TV (assuming the HD-DVD is connected the same way as the HD source)...?

1080i HD TV material looks very, very good on my 768 line display. Why would I expect 1080 lines of HD-DVD to look any worse?
post #8 of 10
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Originally posted by buffy
My viewing distance is about 5 feet, but that can be adjusted if necessary.
You are a little close for the pixel size on that set. You will likely see some SDE and more obvious artifacting at that range.

42" ED 1.1mm square pixel : best viewing 10'+
42" HD .90mm H x .67mm V : best viewing 8'+

50" HD .81mm square pixel : best viewing 7'+

Are you sure youre gonna need to be that close including the thinner plasma set itself? I see you say you can adjust but you might also want to consider the 34" Sony direct view CRTs with the Super Fine Pitch tubes or some of the LCD offerings.

ss
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the input. Now, I just need to save up and wait for the price to drop.
post #10 of 10
It's only my opinion but here it is: The main difference between HD and SD is higher resolution of the picture for HD, more pixels in other words. You're willing to spend extra money on the player and discs once they are out. And at the same time you want to buy TV which is not capable to display this higher resolution. It doesn't make sense to me. BTW by the time HD DVD comes out in US, HD TV sets will be less expensive. As a matter of fact I think that wide availability of HD discs will finally convince more people to get HD TV's and larger market should keep the prices lower. So maybe you should rather wait with purchase?
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