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Old 11-10-2013, 06:52 AM
 
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I am not knowledgeable about electronics so I've come here to ask the experts and current HDTV owners for advice.


I have been doing a lot of research on the web but am still unclear whether 1080 vs 720 resolution and 120 hz vs 60 hz refresh rate would make a difference if we're going to purchase a 32" inch or 34" inch HDTV.

Thanks to all for any advice.
My two cents, from earlier in this very thread:


As I've said many times, a 1080P TV will have features and performance enhancements that a 720P TV does not. Resolution isn't the only reason to go with a 1080P TV. And the argument of limited 1080P content isn't logical. There will be more, 1080P makes pretty much any source look better, and why buy something that is already behind in technology?

32" is certainly the point at which resolution nearly becomes a non-issue. Look at the info lists of the various TVs and you'll see other circuits that refine the picture, give you more control over adjustments, better useful contrast, other inputs/outputs, better audio, ethernet connection, card readers, etc. There are many differences beyond resolution. I bought a 720P plasma 4 years ago and now I wish I'd stepped to a 1080P that had audio outputs. Oh well.
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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My two cents, from earlier in this very thread:


As I've said many times, a 1080P TV will have features and performance enhancements that a 720P TV does not. Resolution isn't the only reason to go with a 1080P TV. And the argument of limited 1080P content isn't logical. There will be more, 1080P makes pretty much any source look better, and why buy something that is already behind in technology?

32" is certainly the point at which resolution nearly becomes a non-issue. Look at the info lists of the various TVs and you'll see other circuits that refine the picture, give you more control over adjustments, better useful contrast, other inputs/outputs, better audio, ethernet connection, card readers, etc. There are many differences beyond resolution. I bought a 720P plasma 4 years ago and now I wish I'd stepped to a 1080P that had audio outputs. Oh well.

I would say the noticeable difference between 720p and 1080p doesn't appear until you get to 50" and above.

I have a Panasonic 42" 1080p 3D plasma and it has a gorgeous picture. I was recently in the market for a secondary TV and bought a Panasonic 42" 720p plasma (LED is TOO BRIGHT) and had them both set up side by side running the same blue ray movie (Titanic)...

I didn't see a difference in picture quality.

The difference in price was $750 for the 1080p a couple years back... $400 for the 720p a couple weeks ago. The 1080p has a few extra features (3 HDMI vs 2... and WiFi) but for a secondary TV the 720p is just fine. I am 100% happy with the purchase.
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:04 AM
 
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I would say the noticeable difference between 720p and 1080p doesn't appear until you get to 50" and above.

I have a Panasonic 42" 1080p 3D plasma and it has a gorgeous picture. I was recently in the market for a secondary TV and bought a Panasonic 42" 720p plasma (LED is TOO BRIGHT) and had them both set up side by side running the same blue ray movie (Titanic)...

I didn't see a difference in picture quality.

The difference in price was $750 for the 1080p a couple years back... $400 for the 720p a couple weeks ago. The 1080p has a few extra features (3 HDMI vs 2... and WiFi) but for a secondary TV the 720p is just fine. I am 100% happy with the purchase.
How did you connect the two TVs to one Bluray player?
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Old 11-11-2013, 11:11 AM
 
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How did you connect the two TVs to one Bluray player?
I didn't... I have a PS3 hooked up to my 1080p set and I bought a $69 Sony BR player to pair with the 720p set. I have 2 copies of Titanic. 3D + standard BR and the other which is standard BR + DVD. (I bought them to have access to 2 digital copies.)

The 1080p has a few added features (3 HDMI vs 2, WiFi with built in apps) but I get the WiFi and apps on the 720p through the $69 BR player so it works out fine.

As said... no difference between 720p and 1080p at 42" for me.
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Old 11-11-2013, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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I ended up with a 27 inch tv since my built in wouldn't hold a larger one, but tried the 32 one too. Unless your sitting way back the difference is negliable.

What I looked for was where all those cords which plug in to the tv go. This does matter. The 32 inch 720p went back in part because of operational problems but largely because they plugged in under the tv. If it was hanging on the wall maybe, but then if not its a major huge pain. The one I have has all of them plug in to the side where it is all reachable from the front. I get a bigger one, I go for another Sanyo because of this.

You should also consider this before you buy. Where will the TV sit? Will it be in a case or free standing? What sorts of things will you be hooking up? Check where these connecters are before you buy since it could be a headache.

I have a regular dvr which has an enhansed output. The picture it sends to the tv is hd quality, but I don't really notice much of a difference on my tv from that over the plain vanilla dvd player other than sharper colors.
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:04 PM
 
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Thanks very much to everybody who responded to my questions, and to this thread in general. Reading all of your posts has been helpful.

We decided to go with a Vizio 32" LED HDTV 720p 60Hz. We went to stores like Sears, Walmart, P.C. Richard, and Best Buy to compare HDTVs and we liked how the Vizio looked best. We saw no noticeable difference between the 60Hz and 120Hz or the 720p and 1080p, but if we had chosen a larger sized Smart-HDTV then getting the higher resolution/refresh rate would've made sense. As it was, the 720p/60Hz was within our price range. We purchased it at Walmart.

If we like our new HDTV then maybe we'll get another one for the bedroom.
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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We saw no noticeable difference between the 60Hz and 120Hz or the 720p and 1080p, but if we had chosen a larger sized Smart-HDTV then getting the higher resolution/refresh rate would've made sense.
... and most people don't notice a difference until 50" and above. I don't on my pair of 42" sets.

720p vs. 1080p: Can You Tell The Difference Between HDTV Resolutions? | Digital Trends

Enjoy the TV.
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Old 11-18-2013, 07:11 PM
 
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I am debating on whether to purchase a 32" Samsung or JVC 720p 60hz LED TV for a bedroom, where it will be used solely for watching the morning and late night news and comedy shows. I would like to purchase from Costco due to their return policy/warranty and was wondering what you all think of the JVC EM32TS for $179.99 vs a Samsung UN32EH4003 for $239.99?
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Old 11-20-2013, 10:33 AM
 
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I am debating on whether to purchase a 32" Samsung or JVC 720p 60hz LED TV for a bedroom, where it will be used solely for watching the morning and late night news and comedy shows. I would like to purchase from Costco due to their return policy/warranty and was wondering what you all think of the JVC EM32TS for $179.99 vs a Samsung UN32EH4003 for $239.99?
That's a tough one. I have a similar Samsung 32", but mine is the older non-LED model. They were quite popular a couple years ago and could be picked up for under $300. I do have a 22" version of the TV you are looking at and the quality is very good as is the picture.

JVC is a bit of an "off-brand" but their panels and TV's are made by the same company that makes panels and TV's for Vizio in the US. So, even if their overall tech isn't as good, they are still a decent quality set in terms of build. I have had a bad experience with a cheap 'off-brand' TV (RCA) and it had nothing to do with the picture, but the general build quality and loose connections in the set. I wouldn't be too concerned with that on a JVC.

So, I would say the Samsung is the "safe" choice. It will be a good, quality TV that won't give you any hassles. However, is that really worth the extra $60? I'm not 100% sure, especially with it being a bedroom TV running only very basic programs. If the budget is tight, go with the JVC. If not, get the Samsung and don't look back.
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Old 11-24-2013, 08:13 AM
 
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JVC is far from an off-brand, but their quality has slipped over the years.

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