Why 1080p has no merit, apart from maybe reducing SDE
Isn't that the point of higher definition? High definition is for big screens. Why did high definition get brought up in the first place? Because those huge 50+ inch standard definition RPTVs looked like crap. It was like watching television through window blinds. (I suppose scan lines can be considered a form of screen door)
At 1 screen width, 1080p isn't something that "might have merit", as was stated in post #47, but something which would show definite improvement because it would eliminate screen door up to .25 widths. As it stands now, I can still discern some screen door, especially on solid colors such as is found in anitmated / computer generated movies, and on games.
If 1.5x screen width seating distance is a hard and fast rule which should never be violated lest George Lucas sends storm troopers to your home to force you to watch "Howard the Duck" repeatedly, then why IMax? Why are people paying to essentially sit closer than 1 screen width?
I think that's the whole point of the highest of the high definition (in terms of widely available consumer electronics - not 4K uber-high end stuff) Being able to sit CLOSER without seeing pixels.
The 1.5x rule only has merit for all the videophiles who would never violate a published standard, and who don't purchase anything which doesn't have the THX logo on it, and who actually had a friend use a tape measure to ensure the front of their eyeball was *exactly* 1.5X screen widths from the screen. You know who you are - the one with the vice attached to the seatback.
For all the rest of us traitorous heathen scumbags out there who aren't worthy to even utter the letters "THX", REJOICE! Soon you will be able to get a 1080p projector once they become affordable, get the biggest dang screen you can fit into your room, and move the sofa closer than 1.5 screen widths! For all the rest of you who never break the rules set by people who have more initials after their names than your entire family tree, or who get motion sickness whenever they even see ship in a bottle, stick to 720p and 1.5 screen widths. Or better yet, save money, get a $400 20" LCD television, and sit 1.5 screen widths from that.
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