Getting confused,please help.

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  1. blahblah

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    I am thinking of getting the 37"panny plasma which has a resolution of 1024x720 and seems to be getting rave reviews off everybody.The problem I have is that everybody says you need a minimum of 1280x720 to give a true hd picture.Why is everybody saying how good the panny is if it can't show true hd?:confused:
     
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    Bottom line is that there is a lot more to good picture quality than just resolution. The Panasonic delivers a high quality picture, with fewer of the plasma artefacts that other displays, with a higher resolution in some cases, suffer from. (Things like dither noise, quantisation banding, flicker, colourimetry, black level, gamma, de-interlacing, scaling etc.)

    You can find some high resolution displays which look terrible, and some lower resolution screens that look great.

    Resolution is one factor - but not the only factor - in picture quality.
     
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    Other things being equal, you will get a better picture with more pixels, so you pay your money and take your choice.

    However, we need to draw a line where HD begins, and that line has been drawn by the EICTA who have have defined "HD ready" as needing at least 720 lines and reasonable horizontal resolution and also detailed input requirements.

    http://www.eicta.org/files/PressRelease1-114214A.pdf

    That is why 1024x720 and 1024x768 TVs can be called HD ready. If you want a 1280x720 or 1366x768 or 1920x1080 display, you can have one, but it will cost more. There are other very important things, too, like HDCP and 50Hz compatibility, that people often overlook when they go shopping for the most pixels per pound.

    regards, Nick
     
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    Thanks guy's.Suppose it comes down to trusting my own eyes more than what the numbers tell me.
     
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    Yep - trust your eyes. Other people won't be watching TV for you...

    welwynnick is right - everything else being equal, more pixels mean a sharper picture. However in most cases everything else ISN'T equal.
     

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