Plasma displays and 16:9

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs Forum' started by Analogue, Apr 22, 2007.

  1. Analogue

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    Please excuse me if I seem a bit thick but looking through the FAQ's and a Forum search does not seem to throw up an answer.

    I have been an avid reader and commenter on the LCD Forum for several months and having not found my ideal LCD at the right price I started to consider a Plasma (37" Panasonic 70 series).

    However I find that the resolution is quoted as 1024x720. This does not correspond to 16:9 whereas LCD's are 16:9 (1366x768).

    Can someone explain how this works?
     
  2. aktiv

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    The pixels are not square, they are rectangluar.
     
  3. Analogue

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    Thanks that explains it - but surely this means the horizontal resolution is compromised?
     
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    And the screen incorporates a scaler to ensure the image is displayed in the correct aspect ratio.

    John
     
  5. Analogue

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    Thanks also but ditto to my previous post?/ c/w an LCD that is?
     
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    On paper, compared to a 1366-wide LCD you would have to say yes. But in the real world, side-by-side, you'd be hard pressed to spot any difference (apart from the fact the plasma would probably have the better PQ!). Our eyes are not as sensitive to horizontal resolution it seems.
     
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    An LCD would have a scaler as well as, although the resolution may be 16:9 it doesn't match the resolution of the source so it has to be scaled anyway but, as the previous poster mentioned, you'd be hard pushed to tell the difference.

    John
     
  8. Analogue

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    Thanks to you and Aktiv - I fully appreciate scaling applied to LCD's.
    However this may explain why I have felt that Plasmas never seem to look quite as "sharp" as LCD's on HD although they certainly look better on SD - which is my main issue with LCD's
     
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    Up close, as you tend to be in a shop, LCDs do look sharper with HD material but from a few feet away that difference soon fades away.

    Pioneers look sharper than Panasonics too but I still prefer the image on a panny.
     

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