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Well , actually I've seen those good quality 42'' EDTV's going for about $1200-$1300 online. Now of course this is only up to 42'' for EDTV's. The 42'' HDTV is about $500 more or so. I think the picture quality on the 42'' EDTV will be better than the PQ on a HDTV projection unit in the same price range. So if someone absolutely wants a bigger screen then they have to go to a 50'' HDTV or one of the larger projection models.
I'm only pointing out that if a person is perfectly happy with 42'' then a new 42'' EDTV is a budget way to go and still get almost as good as HDTV, it's very close. Yes, you can feed a HD source to the 480p display and it will look excellent.
It's just that many people think there is a huge difference going up the line from 480p to 720/768p (or 1080i)and 1080p. It is really only a small difference. Unfortunately, someone arbitrarily decided to use the term ''high definition'' starting at 720p. Most people, even many pro's, then come to the conclusion that 480p displays cannot have excellent PQ, simply not true. In fact, they have slightly better PQ on standard TV signals and 480p DVD's.
Here is a portion of the review on Pioneer's new 1080p plasma that just came out. Read what he has to say about the difference between 720p and 1080p:
''SETUP If you want to see all the detail in 1080i and 1080p HDTV signals on a 1080p-rez set like this one, seating distance is crucial. The customary 7-foot span between my couch and TV proved a bit too much; shortening it to 6 feet let me better appreciate high-def programs. If you sit farther from the PRO-FHD1, chances are the picture won't look much more detailed than it would on a native 720p display''
This is an amazing statement when you think about it. Now you know why I have many times here cautioned people about getting too caught up in the 1080p hype. Yes, there is an improvement but it is slight. Much more important to me is the signal source that you feed the display and also the HD DVD players. The reviews on the new Samsung Blu-Ray player are very disappointing, medicore performance in the rush to get out to the market.
A top quality HD-DVD or Blu-Ray Disc is going to look superb on a top quality 1080p display. It is also going to look almost as superb on a 720/768p display. I would take a top quality HD Disc/excellent player on a 720/768p display any day rather than a mediocre HD disc on a top quality 1080p.
Here is the link to the Pioneer Elite 50'' Pro-FHD1 Plasma Monitor review if anyone is interested.
The best display in the world is a sort of a waste unless you have top quality sources and top quality players.
I think you are very smart to wait for the Sony, hopefully they will not have as many first generation mistakes as Toshiba and Samsung.
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