HD Ready vs HD Compatible



Hi all,

Could I apologise for my lack of knowledge but could someone out there explain what the difference between a HD Ready tv and a HD compatible tv is. I am contemplating buying a Sony KDEV42A12U Plasma TV. Some retailers say it is HD Ready whilst others say its HD compatible. The Sony Centre in Ealing Broadway has a HD Ready sticker on the TV but Sony's Website makes no reference to its HD status.

Also I've seen it advertised by Robert Whyte : £1550 which includes a 5 yr warranty - has anyone seen a better offer on this TV.

Many thanks in advance


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Try a search, this subject has been done to death, so you are unlikely to get a detailed response because its all been talked about before. But do a search because the info you are after is here :smashin:


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The TV is HD Compatible simply because it doesn't not have a minimum of a 720p reolution, thats usually the best indicator but they also have to support 1080i at both 50 and 60Hz and a few othe specs. HD Compatible means it can accept a high definition signal but it will scale it down to a non high definition resolution.

HD Ready means it can support the features and resolutions properly, but some manufacturers bend the rules slightly.

Than Sony panel only has a resolution of 852 x 480 meaning its a standard definition display. You could get a better plasma if you wanted, you could get a panasonic PWD8, its quite possibly the best SD panel you can get but you'll need a few extra goodies such as extra input boards and a sound system.

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