Originally Posted by BayAreaFan
Could you elaborate more on the rectangular pixel issue?
Why is it an issue with with HTPC only?
What about regular cable etc?
1024x768 is not a standard anyway (not 720p or 480i/p). Wouldnt the internal scalar be used for all sources?
Or are their options available from cable boxes and DVD players to produce the output at 1024x768?
I just wanted to comment on scaling and HTPC issues.
First of all, only 1080p plasma (and the rare 720p panel by ?) will map directly to HDTV content, all others will involve some kind of scalling.
1024x768 is actually one of the easiest resolutions to get 1:1 map for with your HTPC because it is so popular and not much tweaking should be needed.
When upscaling dvd's you just need to account for the rectangular pixels to get the aspect ratio back. And if you are just using it for video playback rectangular pixels are not a problem.
The problem comes into play if you want to play games, browse the web or use other apps. For those cases the image would be streched wider than normal and you would probably need to switch resolutions (1280x768, etc) to correct for it.