Are you fresh into the electronics market or in it for the first time after a very long period? If yes, you will surely get confused by the modern electrical equipments currently in the market. From flat screen TVs to laptops, mobile phones, cameras, tablets and notebooks among others, you will definitely have a rough time getting your choice right. For this reason, this article seeks to provide great insight into the difference between 1080p and 720p HDTVs.
All the major players in the television industry including Samsung, Sony, Sanyo, Philips, LG and Panasonic are making great effort in developing TV sets that offer optimum performance for their clients. The latest entrants in this lucrative business are the 1080p and 720p High Definition TV sets. However, with their immense similarities, most customers often find it hard to differentiate between the 1080p and 720p TVs.
The newest ‘kid in the block’ is the 1080p which comes with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. It is an improvement from the previous models with 1366×768, 1280×720 or 1024×768 pixels, all of which are generally referred to as the 720p. This means that the 1080p has a higher resolution than the 720p for increased quality if images and motion pictures. However, the increased resolution of 1080p won’t make most HD broadcasts look any higher in actual resolution since the signals are limited to 720p video information. From a much greater viewing distance, the 1080p and 720p TV sets shouldn’t be easy to pick apart, but from the recommended viewing distance of 1.5 – 2.0x the different color and lighting from the screens should be noticeable.
Although the gap in price for these two TV models has narrowed in the recent past, it is still significant enough for consideration by potential customers. In the case of a 32-inch LCD, for instance, you are looking at around a $200-$250 price bump. For example, a 720p TV set like the Samsung LN32B360 goes for around $549.99, while the step-up 1080p version, the LN32B530, goes for a figure in the area of $799.99. If you consider moving up the LCD-size chain, your 720p options basically fade away as Samsung and Sony, the two biggest names in LCD, do not even produce 720p LCDs larger than 32 inches anymore. Moving on to the plasma TVs, the story is still the same.
If you are choosing between the 720p 50-inch TV set and a similar 1080p model, it would be better if you consider going with the cheaper model if it means saving $600-$700. However, if you are intending to have the bigger 55-inch, or larger screen, the extra resolution may make it worth the difference in price.
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