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Is the 504HDE "HDTV Compatible"?

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by MikeWS, Oct 16, 2004.

  1. MikeWS

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    Sorry for what may seem a VERY basic question but I've been told that it's not and a web search has produced ambiguous results.

    Thanks in advance!

    Mike.
     
  2. Joe Fernand

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    MikeWS

    High Definition (HD) is not a single entity - rather its a collection of 'agreed' and defined standards for broadcasting video signals that have more information than the current 'Standard Definition' (SD) signals we are all used to.

    See http://www.atsc.org/document_map/interfaces.htm AND http://www.keohi.com/keohihdtv/learnabout/definitions/dtv_hdtv.html for more background info.

    Every PlasmaTV and Plasma Display has a fixed number of pixels and an On Board Video Processor that 'Maps' any incoming Video Signals to those pixels.

    Depending on how many Pixels a Display has it either has to throw away information (down convert) or Interpolate to fill in additional information (up convert) the Incoming video signal.

    Some displays will have the ability to up or down convert a wider range of SD and HD signals that others.

    The PDP-504HDE has 768 horizontal lines of pixels and has a Video Processor that has the ability to display all but the very highest resolution HD signals.

    In the next two to five years for those of us in the UK and Europe looking to have an all HD set up the important signals you want to ensure your TV can display are 720P and 1080i (and possibly 1080P); these are the output signals the HD Broadcasters and HD Disc manufacturers will be launching with.

    For now the PDP-504HDE is compatible with all of the HD Video signals your likely to be able to receive 'over the air' or from an Optical Disc.

    The third delivery method for HD will be via a PC (WM9) and if that's a real consideration for you then a Pioneer 50MXE1 Plasma Display is a better bet than the HDE or XDE PlasmaTV models - which are limited to analogue only PC connectivity.

    At some future time we will see even Higher Resolution Discs and Broadcasting - then it may be time for a new display or TV.

    Best regards

    Joe
     
  3. MikeWS

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    Joe,

    Thank you for such a prompt and helpful reply.

    I do understand that there is always going to be a new standard / product around which will deliver better quality (that's half the fun of being interested in electronics!) but it is a comfort to know that the 504HDE will, at least, allow me to take advantage of the most common HDTV formats when they finally arrive.

    Cheers,

    Mike.
     

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