urbanbreez wrote:as i understand it, there isn't a whole lot of diff between 1080i and 1080p when you are talking about a set under 50".
can someone confirm or deny that?
While both sets will have the same number of pixels (in the area of 2 million), 1080i will only use half. For instance, if the TV is a 60Hz HDTV (meaning 60 refreshes a second), w/ the 1080p, you're getting all 2 million pixels refreshing 60 times a second. With 1080i, it utilizes a technology in which a full screen refresh rate is cut to only 30 times a second. The TV will still refresh 60 times a second, but only half of the pixels refresh each time, and the other half of the pixels the next time. Sort of an A, B, A, B refresh pattern. A is pixel line 1, 3, 5, etc..., B is line 2, 4, 6, etc...
1080p would refresh like this: C, C, C, C (in which C = A+B).
But it's also true that with a 50" TV at 5"feet away, you probably wouldn't notice.