HDTV question, 720p vs 1080p

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by abugarcias, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. abugarcias

    abugarcias blah blah blah

    Aug 28, 2004
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    If I don't have a source that is 1080p (i.e. blu-ray player) but only have sources that are 720p (xbox 360, over the air HD signal, etc...) would it truly be advantageous to get a 1080p TV over a 720p?

    Next question, I know that if you hook a computer up to it and use it as a monitor the 1080p is best, however is a 720p still usable for that? (is the only difference it will be at a lower resolution?)


    Edit* tv will be 37-42"
  2. GammaRadiation

    GammaRadiation Active Member

    Feb 15, 2007
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    720p TV looks fine as a computer monitor but 1080 is a lot closer to the resolution of the average computer monitor. ie, 720p is 720x1280 and 1080p is 1080x1920 IIRC.

    If you dont have blu-ray or a PS3 or Fios cable and dont plan on upgrading then getting a 1080p TV is useless IMO.
  3. CodeX

    CodeX Guest

    The difference will be about the same as using a 4x3 (non-widescreen) monitor at 1024x768 vs 1600x1200

    On small displays high res is useless, and on large display low res looks like garbage
  4. OniMinion

    OniMinion ...recalls when this forum was actually about cars OT Supporter

    Jan 26, 2005
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    720P 1360x768 verses 1080P 1920x1080 are not necessarily that noticeable. Motion capture can look cleaner, but by and large the average consumer won't know the difference. Here are a few things you should look into.
    Can you video card (on said PC) run a resolution of 1360X768 or higher? Surprisingly, a lot of laptops cannot - and some desktop PC's can't run 1920x1080 without drastic loss of frame rates. Now, if you want to know if TV will look better on a "higher-res" TV, the answer is NO. They will look the same.
    The refresh rate is a different story though. A 1080P TV with 120MHz/240MHz (combined because the human eye can't see faster than 60FPS). I for one disabled the 120MHz refresh since everything looked to be in fast-forward.
    Hope this answers your question(s). Feel free to PM me with any other questions/clarifications you may need.

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