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I am a hd hometheatre newb and have been researching this stuff to death the last few days cause the wife wants a big tv. Now she wants to just buy one and is getting tired of me researching everything to the nth degree.


I have narrowed it down to the Toshiba 62hm196 because of the recent great prices. Or the Toshiba 56hm66 or Samsung 5686. The pricing looks to be comparable between the two 56 models both being 720p. The 62hm196 is about $400-$500 more and is 1080p.


We look to be sitting about 11-13 feet away. I feel like the big 62 Toshiba is a great deal but am not sure if the bigger size and 1080p is worth the extra $$ when I could put that money towards the surround sound.


Thoughts and opinions?


Thanks much
 

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I've read that it's not really 1080P, in that it doesn't accept 1080P input signals over HDMI or component cable.

You might be interested in the following 1080i v. 1080p - Posted 1:57 PM ET by Geoffrey Morrison

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There has been a lot of concern and confusion over the difference between 1080i and 1080p. This stems from the inability of many TVs to accept 1080p. To make matters worse, the help lines at many of the TV manufacturers (that means you, Sony), are telling people that their newly-bought 1080p displays are really 1080i. They are idiots, so let me say this in big bold print, as far as movies are concerned THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 1080i AND 1080p. See, I did it in caps too, so it must be true. Let me explain (if your eyes glaze over, the short version is at the end).

For clarification, let me start by saying that there are essentially no 1080i TVs anymore.


Unless you bought a CRT based TV, every modern TV is progressive scan (as in LCD, Plasma, LCOS, DLP). They are incapable of displaying a 1080i signal as 1080i. So what we're talking about here mostly applies to people with 1080p native displays.


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So all of you people who bought 1080p displays only to be told by the companies that you had bought 1080i TVs, relax. The TV will convert everything to 1080p. Now if you bought a TV that doesn't de-interlace 1080i correctly, well, that's a whole other story.

Select the link above to read the entire article.


Geoffrey Morrison also adds in his 1080i v. 1080p written article (HT MAG. NOV 2006 Issue) ...

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If the TV correctly deinterlaces 1080i, then there should be no visible difference between deinterlaced 1080i and direct 1080p (even with that extra step). There is no new information -- nor is there more resolution, as some people think. This is because ... there is no new information with the progressive signal. It's all based on the same original 24 frames per second.


.... What I hope this article points out is that, if you have a 1080p TV that only accepts 1080i, you're not missing any resolution from the Blu-ray or HD DVD source. If a TV doesn't correctly deinterlace 1080i, on the other hand. . .well, that's a different article ...

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Benchmarks shows that the Toshiba 62HM196 resolves every 1080 lines of resolution to provide an outstanding detailed 1080p picture quality!!!


FYI: Here's some quotes & links:

Sound & Vision Magazine wrote about the Toshiba 62HM196
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Reproduces deep, clean blacks and shadows

Uniform picture across the screen
Resolves every detail of 1080i/p sources

FYI: The following is from "The Perfect Vision" Winter 2007 Magazine - Review Toshiba 72HM196 by Scott Wilkinson (some notable quotes) ...

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page 84

Looking at a pixel-phase test pattern (which indicates the relationship between the imager's actual pixel structure and the pixels in the processed image), Dave and I determined that the NATURAL aspect-ratio setting looks like a 1:1 mode -- that is, we were able to easily discern each pixel in the imager.

Conclusion
The importance of a 1:1 mode cannot be overstated when it comes to 1920x1080 content -- without it, whatever scaling the processor does definitely degrades the image. This is one reason the 72HM196 looked so good displaying HD DVDs (as long as its NATURAL aspect ratio was selected). Another factor is its apparent use of inverse telecine to deinterlace 1080i content, resulting in smooth, artifact-free motion.

page 83
The Last Word
- 1:1 mode makes 1920x1080 content look exceptionally detailed and sharp

- Excellent deinterlacing

- 12-bit processing results in smooth brightness gradients

Definitely love my Digital Video Essentials DVD video calibrated 62HM196!!!



Phil
 

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Go for the Toshiba 62HM196, you won't regret it. I have one and it blows away the two Samsung 720p units I had previously. At the viewing distances you will be at a 62" 1920x1080p display will look fantastic.


Oh, and ignore the "it's not really 1080p" dumb asses. It is a 1920x1080p DLP display just like any other. It does not support 1080p input signals, but the fact is there is very little 1080p content available. Broadcast, cable and satellite HD signals are either 1920x1080i or 1280x720p, and there are no plans in the television industry to ever send 1080p signals due to bandwidth restrictions.


As far as film based sources (movies and filmed TV programs) go, there is no visible difference between 1920x1080i and 1920x1080p. There is exactly the same amount of detail per frame either way.


The Toshiba does a really great job of properly deinterlacing 1080i and displaying it in 1080p. Buy it and enjoy.
 

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Go for the Toshiba 62HM196, you won't regret it. I have one and it blows away the two Samsung 720p units I had previously. At the viewing distances you will be at a 62" 1920x1080p display will look fantastic.


Oh, and ignore the "it's not really 1080p" dumb asses. It is a 1920x1080p DLP display just like any other. It does not support 1080p input signals, but the fact is there is very little 1080p content available. Broadcast, cable and satellite HD signals are either 1920x1080i or 1280x720p, and there are no plans in the television industry to ever send 1080p signals due to bandwidth restrictions.


As far as film based sources (movies and filmed TV programs) go, there is no visible difference between 1920x1080i and 1920x1080p. There is exactly the same amount of detail per frame either way.


The Toshiba does a really great job of properly deinterlacing 1080i and displaying it in 1080p. Buy it and enjoy.

BUY the Toshiba 62HM196! I just recently became the owner of one as of Friday.... let me tell you, It's an Amazing TV. !



62" is a great size, you'll love it !
 

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Home Theater mag just reviewd six hdtv sets and placed them in this order

1st samsung hl-s6188

2nd jvc hd-61fn97

3rd toshiba 62mx 196 but does not accept native1080p on any input

4th sony kds r60xbr2

5th mits wd-65731

last olevia 565h
 
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