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July 26, 2009

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Michael Brent

About a year ago I got a 720P Samsung 42" plasma. Along with a Toshiba up-converter DVD player the picture is stunning to say the least.
I read countless articles on watching distance and the one consistant thread in all of them was that when watching a 50" or less HD TV from more than 8' away
the human eye cannot resolve the difference between 1080P and 720P.
I know there is alot of hi-tech quasi-religious hoo-ha that goes along with the discission of HD TV.
But according to science that is the fact of it.

¾ Blind

Whatever TV you get I recommend adjusting the picture to reproduce the image as close to ATSC standards as you can get. One can pay ~$300 for a professional ISF calibration. Or do as I did on the cheap: Visit avsforum.com and find the thread discussing your TV model. Some members post their picture settings to what they believe to be "correct" vis-a-vis accepted calibration standards. For the videophile hobbiest one can purchase a consumer grade light meter (~$150) and TV calibration software and do it yourself. See the thread on video calibration. Since I am more radiophile than videophile I have not pursued the do-it-yourself route. When visiting avsforum be forewarned that those posters are every bit as OCD about video as some of us at Herculodge are about radio; they can be rough towards newbies.

Angelo

Right now, I'm still quite happy with our standard 27" JVC television housed in an entertainment center with VCR, DVD, piles of videos, etc. My wife has been bugging me to look into a flat panel because it's more space efficient. But what do we then do with the VCR, DVD, piles of kids tapes, etc? Still need some piece of furniture and will still have wiring/cables, right? For the record, I'm not opposed to the modern flat panel in theory, but for the money, I really don't know if it's worth the upgrade---and I suspect that as time goes by, they will become much better and much cheaper.

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