Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by slowpoke, Sep 27, 2005.
Why is this TV so cheap compared to the other Sharp HD ready LCDs?
Coz it's not HD Ready!
The P50 series is "PAL optimised". I.e. it has 540 lines of vertical resolution instead of the minimum 720 for HD.
It's supposed to require less processing to get an ordinary standard definition PAL picture on the screen and therefore is supposed to give a better picture for SD.
It will accept HD signals (720p/1080i both at 50Hz/60Hz) so it is HD compatible, but it can't resolve the extra detail and will downscale any HD picture.
So it is aimed at the person not interested in HD for a good few years, which isn't unreasonable given the upcoming Blu-ray / HD-DVD format war. However Sky are soon to start HD broadcasts and the Xbox 360 will output 720p.....
great, thanks. Will stick to the Samsung which is in stock on ebuyer by the way
It would be interesting to find out just how much difference there would be between one of the HD Ready 1366x768 screens and the P50E models when it comes to displaying either 720p or 1080i images. Both will have to perform some element of scaling, the Sharp being a lot less complicated given that the resolution is exactly 2/3 or 1/2 of 720 or 1080. I would suspect that there won't be much in it to the naked eye, especially on the smaller 26" and 32" displays. I can't wait until someone actually gives this a proper go.
Stats are all well and good, but I wonder how much real world difference there is?
It has been argued that to really see the benefit of HD material you really need a screen size in excess of 50", sitting over 10' from a 32" screen probably wont do it.
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