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Buying HDTV.. 720p or 1080p???

Postby dans2 » Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:25 pm

Hey guys, I know relatively a decent amount about HDTV's.. but had a question for those in the "know"... I was buying a 32 inch HDTV for my room.. I don't have BluRay, but will have it hooked up to digital cable (we have hd, but from what people said not many stations broadcast in 1080p anyway...) I rarely play video games, so is it worth buying a 1080p? I'm kind of on a budget, so I don't know if its worth spending the extra cash? I was looking at a few LCDs and LED's that have 70,000:1 contrast ratio (some are better)... so my question is, for casual viewing (movies streamed from my laptop, and cable.. will 720p be a good option? Also how much better is LED?
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Re: Buying HDTV.. 720p or 1080p???

Postby Neato Torpedo » Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:44 pm

No Blu-ray, infrequent gaming, only digital TV, only 32 inches, and to top it off, you're on a budget. I'd definitely go with the 720p. The drop-off from 1080p to 720p is minimal at best if you're not getting the full use of it, and isn't worth a fifth of the extra money you're paying for. A lot of people say you don't even notice a difference unless the TV is bigger than 50 inches anyway.

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Postby bleach168 » Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:49 pm

720p unless you plan on watching from 20 inches away.
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Re: Buying HDTV.. 720p or 1080p???

Postby Phatferd » Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:53 pm

I'll probably be in the minority and it's not my money, but I have bought 3 HDTVs in the last 4 years so I have experience and trust me I did my research.

I have a 32" 720p Toshiba, 42" Westinghouse 1080p and 58" Samsung 1080p 3D ( ;-D )

I would STRONGLY suggest getting the 1080p, especially with the prices of these things right now. Best Buy isn't the best place to buy, but I am using this as an example. I bought 2 of my 3 TVs from here by doing no interest for 3 years, so it made it really practical. My most recent I got on Amazon (no tax, which adds up on a 2k purchase).

Anyways, here is a 720p 32" Toshiba for $300, which is their best priced 32" 720p TV that fits your criteria (I am exclusing cheaper sets like Dynex and Coby because you don't even want to waste your time over those. You'll regret it quickly like I did with my Westinghouse).
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+-+32%22+Class+/+720p+/+60Hz+/+LCD+HDTV/9796424.p?id=1218294500155&skuId=9796424

Now for $80 more at $380 (which might be a lot to you and not justifiable, but to me it is) more you can get the 1080p LG 32":
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/LG+-+32%22+Class+/+1080p+/+LCD+HDTV/1199202.p?id=1218231414571&skuId=1199202

You could probably even find a smaller gap on Amazon and not even pay tax and free shipping AND their warranties are cheaper, but for a few hundred dollar TV I wouldn't even get a warranty to be honest.

I can't tell you what is justifiable or not, I can only speak for myself, but to me I would spend the extra $80 (probably even less on Amazon) for 1080p just in case I want a Blu-Ray player, or if in a few years TV starts broadcasting in 1080p...
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Re: Buying HDTV.. 720p or 1080p???

Postby dans2 » Tue Mar 08, 2011 1:12 am

wow, thanks guys.. Phat, actually VERY helpful.. since you seem to know your stuff.. in my room ill probably be viewing from about 8 to 10 feet away.. do you think 32 inches is big enough? in all likelyhood it will be closer to 8.
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Re: Buying HDTV.. 720p or 1080p???

Postby Phatferd » Tue Mar 08, 2011 2:58 am

dans2 wrote:wow, thanks guys.. Phat, actually VERY helpful.. since you seem to know your stuff.. in my room ill probably be viewing from about 8 to 10 feet away.. do you think 32 inches is big enough? in all likelyhood it will be closer to 8.



I'm not a huge proponent of viewing distance to "notice" the difference between 720p and 1080p, I think it's exaggerated because I can definately tell the difference between the two if I am 10ft away and staring at them on a 32". Does 720p look beautiful? You better believe it, but 1080p is even better! If it's for a small room I think within 10ft you'll for sure see a difference. 32" seems small compared to all the 50"+ TVs around, but it's a decent size when you get in inside a bedroom. I remember when I got my 42" for my room I thought it would be too small and convinced myself I needed 42" when looking at the 32" sets inside Best Buy. Once I got it home, it seemed HUGE inside my room. Realize this when you go into a store, the TVs will always seem larger in your house than on the sales floor, by A LOT.

I was thinking about it. I think you can get a 32" 1080p on amazon and without the tax you're basically even than if you bought at a store, so I would strongly suggest getting the 1080p if you can afford it. I am also a big believer (from experience) that if you can afford something or make it work, always get the better brand/technology/size otherwise you'll ALWAYS kick yourself thinking you should have just done it after the fact.
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Re: Buying HDTV.. 720p or 1080p???

Postby dans2 » Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:55 am

i'm going with 1080p, butttttt do you think the 32 inch will be a good enough size? i have a 52 inch HD downstairs, so this is just for room viewing.. like i said its gonna be about 8-10 feet away.
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Postby Dan Lambskin » Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:19 am

dans2 wrote:i'm going with 1080p, butttttt do you think the 32 inch will be a good enough size? i have a 52 inch HD downstairs, so this is just for room viewing.. like i said its gonna be about 8-10 feet away.


i have a 32" in my living room...i often find myself wishing it was a little bigger, at least for sports
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Re: Buying HDTV.. 720p or 1080p???

Postby woodson_28 » Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:24 pm

Phatferd wrote: (I am exclusing cheaper sets like Dynex and Coby because you don't even want to waste your time over those. You'll regret it quickly like I did with my Westinghouse).


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Re: Buying HDTV.. 720p or 1080p???

Postby BitterDodgerFan » Tue Mar 08, 2011 6:31 pm

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