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Before we start discussing on the subject matter, let us understand what 1080p stands for. It is a category of resolution, mainly referred to for a TV display. The resolution offers 1080 lines of vertical resolution, with progressive scanning as denoted by the letter “p”. Progressive scanning would mean that the picture generated by 1080p is not interlaced, a full image frame being displayed in one single pass. The scan matrix in a 1080p TV creates a frame resolution of 1920×1080, or 2,073,600 pixels in total. If you are going for 1080p Plasma TV, it is worthwhile if you consider a screen size of not less than 50 inches. For most situations a 1080p plasma TV less than 50 inch is probably not going to offer you the extra detail that 1080p has over 720p because you simply don’t see it from the distance you are at.
To find out the worth of 1080p Plasma TV, let us take one of the best TV in the market – the Pioneer’s new ELITE plasma TV model, the Pioneer PRO-FHD1. This TV has a 50 inch plasma screen with a 1080p signal, and fits in more than 2 million pixels in its screen. The pixels measures 0.576 millimeters, providing stunning picture quality, and when viewing the content in 1080p/24Hz, it truly gives a fantastic picture. The picture quality is so unique that you can see the beads of sweat on the athlete’s face, and the stitches of the football so clear, as it travels through the air.
Having said that, the question remains if it is worthwhile to buy a 1080p signal Plasma TV? The issue is quite confusing amongst the present Plasma TV buyers. There are no content being delivered in 1080p as of today, and has been heavily planned for the future. If you possess a high definition DVD player the matter may be different. The fact remains whether you should invest in a 1080p Plasma TV and block your money for the thing to happen in future, or go in for a 720p set.
To help you to decide, you would do well to ask yourself how long you are prepared to wait for making a jump to 1080p content. It could be one, two, or even three years, but the longer you wait, the sense in having a 720p Plasma TV becomes more sensible. You should understand that even if you buy a 1080p Plasma TV today, you would not see any change in picture quality with 720p signal going into that TV. On the other hand, if you consider going in for high definition in one year’s time, it makes sense for you to go for a 1080p Plasma TV.
You should consider all aspects before you invest in buying a 1080p or 1080i Plasma TV. As regards the question of viewing, it is hardly possible that you could tell the difference between 1080p, 1080i, or 720p plasma TV unless you sit at the right distance and watch the right content. On the other hand, when you view a photo, you would be able to see the difference in the picture quality between a 1080p and 720p. But then again virtually all the watching that you do on your TV is with moving images, and you will hardly notice the finer details in the picture that you are viewing. Walk into a showroom and try this out and you will understand the meaning of both the effects. If you should have a smaller TV, you would never notice the difference at all, while you sit at a standard distance from your Plasma TV. Your eyes will never be able to pick out the differences between the two picture qualities.
The price between a 720p and 1080p Plasma TV has a great difference. Before you decide to buy 1080p Plasma TV, you should consider the facts as related above and also check out the other guides related to this subject (follow the links at the bottom of this article). You could spend the price difference between 720p and 1080p more wisely by redirecting the money towards better contrast or color accuracy. Resolution is on the 5th place when it comes to factors that affect the overall picture quality. Color saturation, black levels (contrast) and white levels (brightness) are much more important for the overall experience.
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