Is it worth buying the HD-A1 for a 1366x768 screen?

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  1. V3X

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    Sorry for asking such a noobish question - I don't know as much as you guys know on this subject so I think I'll only get the answer from experts such as yourselves.

    The thing is, I'm looking forward to buying the HD-A1 when released here in the UK and enjoying movies in hi-def but I'm worried about the picture quality on the screen I have. I have the Toshiba 32WLT66 LCD with 1366x768 resolution. If I buy the HD-A1, will I see the big difference from DVD or will it be degraded and if so, how much? How will a 1366x768 set handle HD-DVDs?

    From CNET:
    When it comes to the HD side of things, the set can handle the 720p and 1080i high-definition formats, but not the rarer 1080p definition. Its native resolution -- in keeping with most 32-inch LCD TVs -- is 1,366x768 pixels, making it perfect for showing 720p sources, but requiring it to downscale 1080i.
    It says it can handle 1080i HD formats but then it says it even downscales 1080i? Does this mean it will downscale 1080i to 720p? :S

    Any help anyone can provide would be much appreciated.
     
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    Wild stab in the dark here, but I reckon most people with HD satellite or disc will be using a 1366x768 display, and will be very pleased with what they get. Running the connection at 1080i will work just fine.

    Slightly strange review that. I don't see that 1366x768 is perfect for 720p sources, because the display will have to apply scaling. 1280x720 is perfect for 720p. Nothing wrong with downscaling 1080i though, as long as the processing is adequate.

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    Thanks for the reply Nick :)
     
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    V3X. I have a 32" Panasonic LCD and its native resolution is 1366x768. Trust me, the Toshiba HD-A1 works excellently with it, best picture quality I have ever seen. Honestly it's fantastic. Go buy one! Like, NOW! ;)
     
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    Just how many people have 1920 x 1080p displays anyway? And of those, how many accept 1080p, and how many deinterlace 1080i to 1080p instead of the 1080i > 540p < 1080p with the field bob algorithm? Field bob wastes the extra resolution offered by 1080p native displays.
     
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    Hi,

    Downscaling the HDA1 image from 1080i to 1366x768 will not be a problem it will still look awesome. I have the Hitachi TX200 projector which is 1280x720 and it looks fantastic.

    However I think the size of display will effect your enjoyment of the HDA1 more than the resolution. I have a 32 inch Toshiba and at normal viewing distances the difference between HD and SD image is not as pronounced. I would think a 42 inch display upwards would be best.

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    Yes, with a 32" you'll only really notice a big difference pretty close up...not at say 12 feet away.
     
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    Thanks for the replies guys.
    I sit pretty close to the TV, about 1-2 metres away and can see blocks and artifacts(?) on DVDs and Freeview, the quality of which I find very poor compared to viewing on my CRT. I realise my viewing distance should be further away but at the moment this is not possible. I also downloaded 720p trailers when I had a 360 and even though the picture quality was better than DVD, I could still see blocks on fast moving scenes so I'm hoping when I purchase a HD-A1, these problems will be eliminated and a long viewing distance won't be necessary.
     
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    I have a Samsung LE40R73, same resolution as the Tosh and the HD-A1 is absolutely fantastic on this screen.

    No blocking, just crystal clear images.

    I would not hesitate getting an HD-A1.
     

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