LCD vs Plasma resolution question

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  1. StealthMode

    StealthMode Active Member

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    I have my heart set on a Panny Plasma, but I just had a couple questions regarding how well LCD and Plasma handle lower than native resolutions. For instance, on my 20in LCD any resolution below 1680x1050 looks like shit, ie. a little fuzzy. Do 1080p LCD or Plasmas do this with 720p? Most games are in 720p (I have a PS3) but movies are in 1080p, so if I get a 1080p (so I can plug my pc in possibly) will 720p look fuzzy, or is this not an issue with tv's, and more specific to computer LCDs?
     
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    on tv's no matter what resolution you feed into them they will up convert or down convert to your resolution. LCD computer monitors try to do the same thing but they don't put near the power in those because 99% of people run them at the correct resolution so they don't need the converters. All ps3 games should be able to output in 1080p, the game may have been writen for 720p but then the ps3 has the hardware to be able to up convert it to 1080p with out any loss of picture quality. hell on 720p lcd tv's the only way to input the correct resolution is to use a htpc through hdmi or rgb. The native screen resolution of 720p lcd's is 1366x768 so if you input 720p aka 1280x720 your tv is having to magically come up with 720*86+1280*48+48*86=127488 extra pixles which is just over 12% of the screen.

    If you get a 1080p plasma everything will look fine. Games will scale via the ps3 and all other 720 content will scale just fine.

    other fun facts: most cable hd channels are in 1080i but because 1080i isn't very good at fast motion espn and espn2 both brodcast in 720p for the better motion quality. Because of this a good 720p tv will accually look better for espn hd than a 1080p tv.
     

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