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LCD but Hi Def

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by Rob Sheep, Dec 13, 2004.

  1. Rob Sheep

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    Is any one out there other than a dealer in a position to gve me some clear advice?

    I've looked at several Plasmas, the Viera 37" look good and match the resolution of DVD but dealers are giving me mixed info. Should I go for LCD and have a set ready for Hi - Def or just not bother. Some dealers are telling me not to touch Plasma but to go for LCD as Plasma isn't the future and don't worry about the black issue as it isn't really an issue. The only LCD that I have seen that looks any good is the Loewe 37" Spheros which looked very good only too expensive, and I've been told to wait to buy it as the prices will drop in the new year, please can you let me have your views on the whole issue? :thumbsup:
     
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    We dont know the full set of standards for Hi def yet, so you may find it may not work come 2006. The only real thing we do know is that it will be need a HDMI connector and have the HDCP system. Most probably it will use the 50hz system for 720p and 1080i, but that is not confirmed and some sets will only do the 60hz. Prices are bound to drop in the new year, they always do.
     
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    the "black" issue is really nothing to worry about as my lcd outperforms my old rear projection set in black level performance. Prices will drop, they always do.

    Hi-def material is available now although not broadcast ( other than euro 1080) in this country. That said there is a german company selling 720p movies (WMV9) and they'll ship overseas. If you decide to buy now then HDMI or DVI are a must. Get the highest res you can to take full advantage of the future standards. If it doesn't do 1080i natively make sure it will down-scale to the set native res. You don't want to be left with a 720p set that doesn't scale if Sky/BBC are doing 1080i.
     
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    Ultim8Fury, where can you buy the Hi-Def movies?

    Thanks
     
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    Hi!
    Which German company would that be? (Link?)
    And do you know of any DVD-players that can handle WMV9? (Apart from PCs.)
     
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    Am also interested in this debate... would like a plasma but think that 42" might be a tad too large for the alcove into which it must fit... A sexy 37" HD LCD is also of interest like the look of the Sharp monitor...
     
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    Thanks for the feedback. The other issue I have with the LCD V Plasma is the life of the unit. Pioneer are saying that their sets will last 15 years (played 8hrs a day), what is the life of an LCD? Yeah, the Sharp is a great set, my comment about a price drop was aimed at Loewe who are set to drop their prices. :)
     
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    the sharp titanium are the best IMO for futureproof flat panel TV but 45" is prohibitvely expensive and 37" is very good but too small (for me 42" is too small) the cheaper 37" sharps are based on an older panel and dont have the impact of the titaniums

    http://www.sharp.co.uk/aquos_tv/range/products/product.asp?id=28
     
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    http://www.high-def.de/

    is the german company doing Hi-def films.

    agreed it is expensive but its a seriously nice bit of kit and loves HD sources.
     
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    Don't the GA3 and GA4 also love Hi Def???
     
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    Not full 1080i Hi-Def, no.
     
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    What do you mean? Hi def long term is going to be 1080p. In the mean time, the stop gap is going to be 720p for the progressive enabled facilities houses and 1080i for those that are not. I don't think that there are going to be any alternatives to this that we do not know about.
     
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    I was refering to the fact that sky have made no formal announement as to what system they will be using and that some TV's tend to be picky as to using 50 or 60 hz
     
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    the LC-45GD1E is safe on both counts. Trust me I've tried both. Doesn't want to do 1080p via the media box though and my graphics card can't do 1080p via DVI-D so I'm outta luck for the minute.

    I have a friend who works in the TV industry producing media storage/editing/fx equipment and they aren't producing 1080p stuff yet. So chances of sky or the BBC going 1080p are slim to none this decade. The BBC have a lot of their equipment 1080i capable and most stuff is already recorded at these resolutions.
     
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    I don't think that Sky's confirmation could get any more formal:
    And:

     
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    What makes you think the 37GA4 is a different spec panel? According to the techie at Sharp and reading the bumph they are the same panel. :rolleyes:
     
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    Indeed both read "newly developed WXGA"???
     
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    I just bought a sony 50 inch lcd rear projection 21inches deep i think
    . i have a hi def reciever
    Its beautiful.
    Plasma suffers burn in
    colors areno where near as good as lcd
    cost benefit is way better too.
     
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    processing has alot to do with it......
     
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    720p isn't necessarily a stop-gap. It has a frame rate of 50 or 60 fps which is better at capturing fast motion such as sport in the same bandwidth as 1080i or 1080p.

    James
     
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    I heard that a lot of companies were recording their content at 1080p at 24fps. It then gets converted before transmission. This makes sense becasue it is easier to interlace a prgressive signal than to de-interlace to progressive.

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    1080p is 50 fps. BBC R&D don't see it as a viable option for another 5 years. So in the mean time, 720p@50 is the stop gap. Infact, many broadcasters see 720p (1280x720p@50) as a backward step, so don't be surprised if 1920x720p@50 (that is correct) also becomes common over the years as a way of getting near 1080p (1920x1080p@50) with reduced bandwidth.
     
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    A lot of TV material is being edited at 1080p @ 24fps - just google for it. This comes from either super 16mm or digital HD camera material. But yes, it isn't yet a transmission standard.

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