Now I'm slightly peeved about my plasma purchase. I was convinced and told by many a clerk that my tv was a full 720p.
If you sit 10' or more from that 42" screen, you wouldn't see a difference anyway. You would only benefit from full 720p resolution (as opposed to 80% of it) at a viewing distance of 8' or less.
Originally Posted by scsnospam
My main concern with the 42" panel is that images seemed compressed horizontally. It could be just in my head, but does anyone have samples of the same image from the same source being displayed on a 42" and a 50" unit? I guess that will answer any questions.
The pixels are not square, so you shouldn't see any compression.
A 1366 x 720 display has a 1.897 ratio. To get to 16:9 (1.7777), it must also have rectangular pixels. Why didnt they make 1366 x 768 panels to get 16:9 directly?
There's no such thing as a 1366x720 panel. The majority of plasmas now on the market are either 1024x768, 1366x768, or 1920x1080. With the previous generation of plasma manufacturing, we only got the 768p plasmas at sizes of 50" larger. With this upcoming generation (2007 models), we'll see the 1366x768p plasmas at 42" sizes.
To produce all the detail in a 720p signal, you need 1280 horizontal pixels. To produce all the detail in a 1080i/1080p signal, you need 1920.
Remember, its NOT about numbers, its about picture quality and that doesnt come down to pixel count. It comes down to contrast, black levels, and color accuracy....all of which are VERY strong on the Panny plasmas. Let the weenies argue pixel counts, I'll just sit back and watch the show.
If you think pixel count doesn't matter, take a look at the linked screenshots above where color, contrast, and lines are identical, with the only difference being pixel count.
Picture quality is a function of contrast (black levels), color decoder accuracy, video processing, and pixel count
. But you are certainly correct that you need all of those -- contrast alone or pixel count alone will not produce a great picture. IMO, many buyers make the mistake of buying a cheap 1080p LCD with poor contrast when they could have gotten a superior picture from a 768p plasma with excellent contrast for the same price (or much less). One such example is the $4500 52" Sony XBR3 vs. the $2600 50" Pioneer 5070HD -- the latter knocks the socks off the Sony, when viewed in most rooms from 10'.