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Posted: 5/2/2011 8:23:51 AM EDT
Hey,

I can get a Samsung 720p 51" plasma at Sam's for $640.

This will be our bedroom TV for watching tv, streamed Netflix movies, Hulu, and the occasional blu-ray.

Should I go cheap, or spend another $350 to get the full 1080p?

It works out to be a dollar per line of resolution.

Worth it?
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:25:16 AM EDT
[#1]
Good thread. I've been tossing around the same q.

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Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:25:58 AM EDT
[#2]
My vote would go for the 1080. Seems pointless otherwise.
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:26:04 AM EDT
[#3]
Streaming Netflix will be 95% of your viewing usage.  If you're watching at peak times, you may not even get standard definition.

The majority of use will be below the capabilities of a 720p display.

So it's not stupid to save the money.
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:27:08 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:27:21 AM EDT
[#5]
Only if you don't use the money you saved to buy another 1000 rounds of ammo.
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:28:43 AM EDT
[#6]
You'll end up kicking yourself again and again and again if you don't go for a 1080p plasma. If you are a member of Costco they are selling 50ish inch 3-d Panasonic Plasmas for 800ish. The 42in models are 600ish.
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:31:00 AM EDT
[#7]
I'd wait a while and save up the extra $ for the 1080p screen.
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:31:46 AM EDT
[#8]
Didn't you get the memo? Only retarded ass threads about Bin Laden's iPhone are allowed in GD today. Silly Rabbit!

Just kidding, I'd go with a 1080P. 720 is just archaic at this point.
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:31:58 AM EDT
[#9]



Quoted:


You'll end up kicking yourself again and again and again if you don't go for a 1080p plasma. If you are a member of Costco they are selling 50ish inch 3-d Panasonic Plasmas for 800ish. The 42in models are 600ish.


Sort of this.



I bought the 50 inch TV Tekka is talking about (great television, like all panny plasmas).  




Not a huge difference between it and the 720P model it "replaced" but if you can get 1080P and 3D for 150-200 bucks more....I'd say go for it.





Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:32:18 AM EDT
[#10]
Planned viewing distance?

If it's on the wall opposite the foot of the bed (you said bedroom) and you're laying down, that means around 10-12 feet away?  You'll be hard pressed to notice a difference between 720 and 1080 at that distance on a 50" screen.
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:33:25 AM EDT
[#11]
Quoted:
Didn't you get the memo? Only retarded ass threads about Bin Laden's iPhone are allowed in GD today. Silly Rabbit!

Just kidding, I'd go with a 1080P. 720 is just archaic at this point.


It's why I posted this in GD and not HT.

People need to take a breath and focus on the important stuff:

TV.

Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:33:40 AM EDT
[#12]
Quoted:
You'll end up kicking yourself again and again and again if you don't go for a 1080p plasma. If you are a member of Costco they are selling 50ish inch 3-d Panasonic Plasmas for 800ish. The 42in models are 600ish.


What is your viewing distance that you dislike the 720?
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:34:27 AM EDT
[#13]
You will regret being cheap and going with the 720p. I know from experience
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:34:39 AM EDT
[#14]
Pretty much nothing actually broadcasts in 1080. Your blue ray movies and some movies on dishnetwork etc can be in 1080 if your going to watch alot of those then maybe 1080 would make a difference.
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:34:59 AM EDT
[#15]
For not much more than that 720p you can get a 1080p LCD ( I prefer LCD.) May be a different brand though. I'd get the 1080p if you can or just wait.
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:36:05 AM EDT
[#16]
Quoted:
Hey,

I can get a Samsung 720p 51" plasma at Sam's for $640.

This will be our bedroom TV for watching tv, streamed Netflix movies, Hulu, and the occasional blu-ray.

Should I go cheap, or spend another $350 to get the full 1080p?

It works out to be a dollar per line of resolution.

Worth it?


we have the same thing in our bedroom. we don't watch a whole lot of TV in there but the reality is 720P is as good as 1080 for most situations and programs. We have 1080 in the family room and very rarely can you tell the difference.
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:40:31 AM EDT
[#17]
Mom took advantage of a $400 coupon to pick up a Panasonic 46" 3D plasma for $800 a few months ago.

Costco occasionally has pretty good deals.

Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:42:26 AM EDT
[#18]
i have a 42" and a 32" Samsung LCD. but are 720 and are fine to me.  Im no tv buff though.
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:47:37 AM EDT
[#19]
Quoted:
Pretty much nothing actually broadcasts in 1080. Your blue ray movies and some movies on dishnetwork etc can be in 1080 if your going to watch alot of those then maybe 1080 would make a difference.


With a good quality plasma the people who think they can REALLY see a difference between 1080 and 720 are full of shit unless you have some kind of bionic eyeballs, most programming will look virtually identical. IF you have a good quality plasma.

Some people get so wrapped up in the specs they forget to enjoy the damn thing.  My regret is getting sucked up in the hype and paying much more for a 60 inch 1080p for the family room.
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:48:18 AM EDT
[#20]
LOL, I have an old 19" TV.
NOt sure when it was lasted turned on though.
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:49:45 AM EDT
[#21]
Quoted:
Quoted:
Hey,

I can get a Samsung 720p 51" plasma at Sam's for $640.

This will be our bedroom TV for watching tv, streamed Netflix movies, Hulu, and the occasional blu-ray.

Should I go cheap, or spend another $350 to get the full 1080p?

It works out to be a dollar per line of resolution.

Worth it?


we have the same thing in our bedroom. we don't watch a whole lot of TV in there but the reality is 720P is as good as 1080 for most situations and programs. We have 1080 in the family room and very rarely can you tell the difference.


I agree.

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Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:52:27 AM EDT
[#22]
Quoted:
Planned viewing distance?

If it's on the wall opposite the foot of the bed (you said bedroom) and you're laying down, that means around 10-12 feet away?  You'll be hard pressed to notice a difference between 720 and 1080 at that distance on a 50" screen.


I just measured:

15'

Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:53:56 AM EDT
[#23]
Quoted:
Quoted:
Pretty much nothing actually broadcasts in 1080. Your blue ray movies and some movies on dishnetwork etc can be in 1080 if your going to watch alot of those then maybe 1080 would make a difference.


With a good quality plasma the people who think they can REALLY see a difference between 1080 and 720 are full of shit unless you have some kind of bionic eyeballs, most programming will look virtually identical. IF you have a good quality plasma.


It's not about bionic eyeballs, it's about angular size (screen size vs. viewing distance).  15 feet from a 50" you can't see the difference.  I guarantee that I can see the difference sitting ~9 feet from my projector screen (100") though, without bionic eyeballs.


Some people get so wrapped up in the specs they forget to enjoy the damn thing.


Agree 100%.
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:54:53 AM EDT
[#24]
Quoted:
Quoted:
Planned viewing distance?

If it's on the wall opposite the foot of the bed (you said bedroom) and you're laying down, that means around 10-12 feet away?  You'll be hard pressed to notice a difference between 720 and 1080 at that distance on a 50" screen.


I just measured:

15'



Get the 720.

Save the difference towards a bigger 1080 for outside the bedroom.

Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:55:00 AM EDT
[#25]
Quoted:
Streaming Netflix will be 95% of your viewing usage.  If you're watching at peak times, you may not even get standard definition.

The majority of use will be below the capabilities of a 720p display.

So it's not stupid to save the money.


Might not be the case for the life of the TV.

For a TV that big, I'd go for the higher resolution.
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 8:58:52 AM EDT
[#26]
Quoted:
Quoted:
Quoted:
Planned viewing distance?

If it's on the wall opposite the foot of the bed (you said bedroom) and you're laying down, that means around 10-12 feet away?  You'll be hard pressed to notice a difference between 720 and 1080 at that distance on a 50" screen.


I just measured:

15'



Get the 720.

Save the difference towards a bigger 1080 for outside the bedroom.



Thanks for the input.

You think 51" is big enough, or should I bump to 55"?

Link Posted: 5/2/2011 9:02:40 AM EDT
[#27]
Thats pretty far, probably wont notice much of a difference between 720p and 1080p.

http://carltonbale.com/1080p-does-matter

There is ton of similar info on the above link, just google tv viewing distance, size, etc.
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 9:06:14 AM EDT
[#28]
as a distributor, the Panasonic 42" is now $470, dealer cost and is selling thousands a week and it is NON 1080p. 1080p is cool if you have a BluRay or another device to get you to 1080p output. I personally do not own a 1080p TV yet, probably will not be another year or so before I even think about one. The price is falling and will fall fast soon.
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 9:07:09 AM EDT
[#29]
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 9:08:04 AM EDT
[#30]
Quoted:
Hey,

I can get a Samsung 720p 51" plasma at Sam's for $640.

This will be our bedroom TV for watching tv, streamed Netflix movies, Hulu, and the occasional blu-ray.

Should I go cheap, or spend another $350 to get the full 1080p?

It works out to be a dollar per line of resolution.

Worth it?



For a TV that large, you are going to want to go with 1080p.  If you were looking at a 32" or 37" screen then I would say not to worry about it but at 51" your pixel density would be low enough at 720p that you might notice at closer viewing distances.  

The other thing you REALLY need to consider is the quality of the TV and how well it translates various input signals into an image on your screen.  Having a bunch of pixels is great but if your TV's internal processing can't put a quality image up on the screen then you are wasting your time.  Make sure you actually view the TV in action before you buy it and definitely take the time to read the CNET review for your model.  

Link Posted: 5/2/2011 9:10:06 AM EDT
[#31]
IMO 720p is suitable for screens in the 40" range. Screens in the 50"+ range will make the difference in resolution more obvious. You have a Bluray player for it so I'd get a 1080p model.
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 9:12:35 AM EDT
[#32]
Dude, unless your bedroom is 500 sq/ft, trust me when I tell you DO NOT do a 51" plasma in there.

Now, I know you will anyways cause you're probably like me and think bigger is better, but trust me. I have a decent sized MB and did a 32" wall mounted and it is FUCKING BRIGHT.

I turned the brightness to ZERO and the thing is still like staring at the sun in that dark room. If you ever want to go to sleep, I highly recommend rethinking your TV size.

But thats, just like, my opinion, man.
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 9:12:54 AM EDT
[#33]



Quoted:






Thanks for the input.



You think 51" is big enough, or should I bump to 55"?





With 15' away, the 55" would be a good choice.

I have a 58" and it sits about 12 feet away

But good lord, how big is your bedroom?





I have a 43" about 10 feet away and it is plenty big for the bedroom



 
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 9:16:54 AM EDT
[#34]
Quoted:
The other thing you REALLY need to consider is the quality of the TV and how well it translates various input signals into an image on your screen.  Having a bunch of pixels is great but if your TV's internal processing can't put a quality image up on the screen then you are wasting your time.  Make sure you actually view the TV in action before you buy it and definitely take the time to read the CNET review for your model.  



Which reminds me, do Samsung plasmas still buzz?

Link Posted: 5/2/2011 9:55:26 AM EDT
[#35]
Quoted:
Quoted:
Quoted:
Quoted:
Planned viewing distance?

If it's on the wall opposite the foot of the bed (you said bedroom) and you're laying down, that means around 10-12 feet away?  You'll be hard pressed to notice a difference between 720 and 1080 at that distance on a 50" screen.


I just measured:

15'



Get the 720.

Save the difference towards a bigger 1080 for outside the bedroom.



Thanks for the input.

You think 51" is big enough, or should I bump to 55"?



That's up to you and the wife bro.. II think either one would be plenty big enough for a bedroom.  
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 10:02:37 AM EDT
[#36]
I'd buy that TV.  I'm running a 50" plasma 1080p but then again my viewing distance is under 6 feet.  At fifteen feet you'll be fine.  Save the cash and buy ammo.
Link Posted: 5/2/2011 10:08:27 AM EDT
[#37]
No it isn't dumb. The 720 sets look very good. I'm not sure how they would look if you went with one much bigger than 50 or so inches.
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