EDTV vs HDTV? Fast FAQ.
EDTV vs HDTV explained.
HDTV (High Definition TV) looks 100% better than standard television.
For 3 major reasons:
The picture displayed is in 16:9 format meaning: Widescreen...
The picture is in Progressive mode meaning: No Visible Lines...
And the picture is High Definition meaning: High Detail...
The first two, you pretty much have no control over.
But the last one, you do. When you buy your set. More later...
There are 3 levels of HD resolution that really matter...
EDTV which is up to 852 x 480: Old now, Not common in stores...
Standard HDTV 1280x720 or 921,600 pixels: Common, 720p.
Full HDTV 1920x1080p or 2,073,600 pixels: Common, 1080p
A 1080p HDTV with a High Definition source, for example a BluRay Disc Player produces images in 1080p HD that look sharper and are more realistic than ever before.
A EDTV (Enhanced Definition TV) looks pretty good too..
But if you are comparing EDTV vs HDTV, HDTV wins.
So, knowing this, how important is the difference between an edtv vs hdtv? Really?
Not as important as many think, surprisingly...
According to research by the Imaging Science Foundation, the most important picture aspect for viewers is Contrast Ratio, the second Color Saturation, and third Color Accuracy.
Resolution comes in fourth, even though it is THE most talked about HDTV specification.
What that means is that most folks are happy with the improved quality of the pictures displayed on almost any widescreen set..
Because, the picture is physically bigger and wider..
And, The quality looks improved in the viewer's estimation...
No lines are visible on screen, this is called "progressive scan"
So, Widescreen TV looks great with almost any signal resolution.
It may be that the size of the TV is impressive, and may "blind" the viewer to faults in the picture quality... temporarily.
But compared to an Old School CRT TV, an EDTV looks very good with a good signal...
This applies even if it is an "upscaled" or "expanded" lower quality signal from an old afternoon show, or whatever.
The jump from standard TV to SDTV is large enough to make the steps from SDTV to EDTV to HDTV appear so small to most viewers, it is really not detectable to most of them.
This is not helped by the fact that the Free OTA networks are not transmitting TRUE HD programs all the time on their HD Channels, they are simply transmitting "upscaled" or "expanded" programs to fit HD screens, and it is mostly older programming.
Repurposing older content for HD will continue for some time to come, as the TV networks have a limited amount of HD programming available.
Because all flat panels are fixed pixel, all signals EXCEPT the signals that match the panel will be converted.
Signals lower resolution than the panel will be upconverted or Expanded to fit the panel, gaining some quality because of no lines, but losing quality somewhat, because of black edges and / or black bars at top and bottom of picture.
Most people dislike black bars and edges enough to put their Widescreen TV into widescreen mode, or 16:9 ratio.
This makes most everyone look massively overweight, even the most stick thin stars take on an extra 30 lbs in apparent size. :)
Conversely, if the signal is higher resolution, it will be down converted or compressed, losing all that extra detail.
Though it will still look way better than your parent's or grandparent's old box TV, that they STILL keep, just because they can, using an STB or set top box.
That is it in a nutshell.
EDTV vs HDTV is important only if you will be happy with the picture that you have on the set in question.
Do you want to mainly watch FTA (Free To Air) tv shows?
Go for a 720p or 1080p TV...
Maybe some old DVD movies? Look at the Upconverting DVD disc players...
Pioneer DV-400V-K Multi-Format 1080p HDMI Upscaling DVD Player.
And you can use any EDTV 720p or HDTV 1080p... either will be just fine, and save your cash if you want.
Want to play High Definition movies from a BluRay player in big screen sizes? OR HD Cable or Satellite? Or Free OTA?
Go 1080p HDTV. Reason? Future proofing.
Also, the size you select depends mostly on your room size.
Large or Extra Large Room:
You have got to go for HDTV 1920x1080p. 50" and over...
Reason: The screen size and resolution vs cost ratio is the most attractive.
Currently, You have a choice between many different types of TV.
We will consider LCD, Plasma and Projectors:
First, How To Pick A Good
Or You can consider a quality
You might also consider cheap TV sets, but
Cheap HDTVS? ...Don't Get Scammed!
And you may even consider a Projector, a
HDTV Projector? Stuff You Must Know...
Medium Room: Go for Plasma HDTV 1920 x 1080P up to 50"
Reason: The cost vs size ratio for Plasma is currently second most attractive.
Smaller Room: Go LCD HDTV 1920x1080P 40"
Reason: The cost / size ratio is currently slightly below plasma, Though the big manufacturers are catching up fast.
But weigh up the benefits of EDTV vs HDTV.
The take home message is, if you do get EDTV, you'll save now and it will be cheaper in the short term.
However, when you do convert to HDTV, and that may not be far away, you likely won't get anything for your old EDTV vs HDTV 1080p will still be current.
SO.. Buy a Plasma HDTV or a LCD HDTV 1920x1080P, and you'll stay current for years to come.
IF you want a Large screen, 50" or over, Go Plasma 1080P HDTV now.
IF buying a smaller screen, 50" or below, go with LCD 1080P HDTV right now.
There is no reason to save pennies now, to then spend more dollars later, when you find that the TV you buy is not really high enough resolution for you.
Trust me, that will happen...
Still Not Convinced about EDTV vs HDTV?
Stick with your current square TV, convert it to digital TV...
Discover how below... And save all that cash...
And, check out the EDTV and SDTV link below...
EDTV vs HDTV, what you wanted to know.
And, it's Not Geeky.
Maybe you already have a TV set, either LCD, Plasma, or CRT?
Well check this out,
How To How To Convert Your Current LCD, or Plasma TV To Digital..and HDTV
We should also look at the common question of EDTV vs HDTV, and what is the difference between HDTV and
EDTV.. What Is It?
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