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Windows 7: Is 1080p worth the extra price for a 32'' Toshiba TV ?

09 Nov 2010   #1
JordanJP

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Is 1080p worth the extra price for a 32'' Toshiba TV ?

Hey

Well I'm looking into getting a Toshiba 32'' HDTV for my apartment. However I do have a bit of a dilemma. The TV that I'm looking in getting is being sold at two different stores, the one here : http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ...5632178553en02 is selling for $480 and the one here is selling for $400 http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-32C100...pr_product_topBoth tv's are identical except for one thing, the $480 is 1080p and the $400 is 720p. My question is is it really worth the extra $80 roughly for 1080p ? I've been told and I heard many times that for any TV smaller than 40'' 720p and 1080p are indistinguishable unless you sit very close.

Also I know that toshiba is an excellent brand when it comes to TV's. Anyway I've narrowed my search down to these two beauties ! Tomorrow I'll be making my decision I just need some input.

Thanks

Jordan
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09 Nov 2010   #2
Kirsch

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

The 40" portion of your post is correct. For a 32" TV you won't really be able to tell the difference watching TV or movies.

However, if you are going to be gaming (PS3 or Xbox360) you will definitely notice a difference between the two even at 32".
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09 Nov 2010   #3
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

1080 has twice as many pixels as 720p. I know the argument, but for $80, I would go 1080. Having said that...

The screen is not that large and you will probably not be sitting right up on the television (which you said). If you are on a tight budget, go with 720. If $80 won't make or break you, go with 1080.

Good luck!
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09 Nov 2010   #4
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Here is a link that discusses the very question that you asked.
720p vs 1080p
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09 Nov 2010   #5
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Personally, even at 50 inches or more...the human eye really cannot differentiate the difference between 720p and 1080p...provided the display is accurate calibrated and is presenting source material at 1080p. The only time you really see a difference is when you are far too close to the display and pick out the pixel detail.

Another thing to consider is that if you watch a lot of SDTV...it's actually advantageous to have fewer pixels than more. Nothing makes a crappy signal worse then having more and more of it.

The only reason I would consider paying more for 1080p is if I planned to have the computer connected to the display on a regular basis.

Here is some corroborating information to back up my claims that you won't really see a difference
1080p-720p shoot-out in Athens! - AVS Forum
1080p and the Acuity of Human Vision — Reviews and News from Audioholics

Also, a TV with a better video processing unit running at 720p can often perform better than a 1080p set with less sophisticated circuitry.
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09 Nov 2010   #6
Kirsch

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Personally, even at 50 inches or more...the human eye really cannot differentiate the difference between 720p and 1080p...provided the display is accurate calibrated and is presenting source material at 1080p. The only time you really see a difference is when you are far too close to the display and pick out the pixel detail.

Another thing to consider is that if you watch a lot of SDTV...it's actually advantageous to have fewer pixels than more. Nothing makes a crappy signal worse then having more and more of it.

The only reason I would consider paying more for 1080p is if I planned to have the computer connected to the display on a regular basis.

Here is some corroborating information to back up my claims that you won't really see a difference
1080p-720p shoot-out in Athens! - AVS Forum
1080p and the Acuity of Human Vision — Reviews and News from Audioholics

Also, a TV with a better video processing unit running at 720p can often perform better than a 1080p set with less sophisticated circuitry.
Just curious as to what made you think he was hooking up his computer to the TV?

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09 Nov 2010   #7
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kirsch View Post
Just curious as to what made you think he was hooking up his computer to the TV?

Because lots of people do this.
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09 Nov 2010   #8
JordanJP

Windows 7 baby ! : D
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kirsch View Post
Just curious as to what made you think he was hooking up his computer to the TV?

Because lots of people do this.
Actually you are right I'll be mainly using my tv for my laptop display when watching movies, shows and gaming.
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09 Nov 2010   #9
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

So what did you end up buying?
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09 Nov 2010   #10
JordanJP

Windows 7 baby ! : D
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
So what did you end up buying?

Tomorrow I'll be buying this beauty ! Toshiba 32" 1080p LCD HDTV** (32E200U) : LCD TVs - Future Shop

I might as well spend the 80ish extra bucks and get the best I can with my budget. I don't think I'll be disappointed. Looking forward to buying this !

Should I get the extended warranty ? I don't think I will.
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