I was at Pamida a little bit ago and was looking at their LCDs. Because it is Pamida they only have cheaper ones, the most expensive I saw was $1,200. I've been a little bummed that the resolution on my xbr970 is only 853 X 1080. It doesn't bother me for TV so much as it does 360 games. I want my 360 to look as awesome as possible, it's the reason I bought a new TV to begin with. Knowing that I'm missing 1,000 lines of resolution in Gears of War has been driving me crazy. Because of that I've been thinking about replacing my xbr970 with a 1080p LCD. Pamida didn't have any 1080p LCDS, they were all the standard 768p models. They were playing one of those computer animated movies similar to Toy Story on one of the cable HD stations. Immediately I didn't think the picture looked as good on any of them as mine. In fact, strangely enough I thought the picture was slightly blurry despite having many more lines of resolution than mine and being progressive. I had a friend with me and as soon as I got home I turned my TV to the same channel. No doubt, the picture was sharper, more colorful and overall just more vibrant. My friend agreed. To me this was really weird. Why did those sets look slightly blurry compared to mine despite the higher resolution and progressive picture? Perhaps the perception of blurriness may have been due to the lack of good shading between the different colors? Or maybe they weren't hooked up right? But the program playing was full widescreen so it couldn't have been SD. Mind you these were cheap LCDs. I know a $2000-$3000 1080p LCD from a good company would certainly look better than those did. But the experience made me feel a lot better about my set despite its low resolution. Man, can you imagine how absolutely fantastic a CRT would look if it actually did have a 1920 X 1080 picture? Or better yet how incredible it would look if it was progressive? I really wish one of the better manufacturers would put out a CRT with these kinds of features as kind of like a last hoorah for CRT technology. It would totally blow everything else away.
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12/30/06 at 2:25pm