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I'm looking to buy a 42" TV, either plasma or LCD. I'm confused by these resolutions that are not widescreen...


Are TV's with these resolutions even worth looking at? Do they scale the picture well or is it a waste of money...


I've focused on projectors for the last couple of years and have not read up on TV's. They don't do those weird resolutions on projectors so I'm confused.


I was interested in the Hitachi P42H401 until I saw the 1280x1080 resolution...


Help me!


Thanks guys.
 

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Almost all 42 inch plasmas are of 1024x768 resolution but they use rectangular pixel structures to achieve a widescreen image. Hitachi uses a system that is different from most other manufacturers (I'm no expert, but someone will chime in soon, I'm sure). Some love it, some hate it.


I believe the reason 42 inch plasmas are not (in the main) 1920x1080 is because smaller pixel structures for plasmas are harder to make than for LCDs. That's also why you won't see a 26 inch plasma screen. It's not cost effective.


I don't think you should let the various resolutions bother you so much (unless you really want 1:1 pixel mapping to use with a PC) and check them out.


Just my 2 cents.
 

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I was just concerned that it would mess up HD resolutions of 1280x720 and 1920x1080.


I don't really need 1:1 mapping for a PC or anything, but I kinda thought I wanted a 16:9 pixel ratio. It seems to me the picture is already compromised because 100's of pixel columns are missing....
 

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I was just concerned that it would mess up HD resolutions of 1280x720 and 1920x1080.


I don't really need 1:1 mapping for a PC or anything, but I kinda thought I wanted a 16:9 pixel ratio. It seems to me the picture is already compromised because 100's of pixel columns are missing....

In that case, the Hitachi might be interesting, as it only has to scale in one direction (either vertically, for 1280x720, or horizontally, for 1920x1080). I have no idea if actually is any good (I haven't seen one) but that's the theory behind their resolution. Even 1366x768 (the most common plasma resolution in larger screens--though 1920x1080 is becoming more common) has "100s of pixel columns" missing. If you're going to go plasma AND you're not going to go 1920x1080, you will have to live with re-scaling.
 

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the 42" Hitachis are actually 1024 x1080. It is better than 768 because 88% of HD content is broadcasted at 1920x1080 which means that 768 plasmas have to scale the picture vertically and horizontally. Hitachi HD 1080 matches the vertical 1080 resolution line per line and only scales horizontally, resulting in a sharper,smoother picture
 
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