Need to do the new TV purchase. Projectors are out. Rear-projection is most likely out -- too many windows, too much light. Plasmas are out -- I haven't won the lottery. So let's assume a 32-36" flat screen. Your Panasonic, your Sony WEGAs, your Samsungs. Still the possibility of a 42-50" rear projection, but most likely not.
I will use this dumbed down FAQ of video standards regarding format, etc as reference -- http://www.samsungusa.com/pdf/dtv.pdf
I'll list my assumptions below, and please mention if I'm incorrect along the way. Please pardon my blatant lack of understanding of formats -- I'm starting from the beginning.
My understanding is you have:
Source (w/capable resolution) ->
Potential upscaling ->
Output (w/capable resolution)
So in general, if you have a television that 'supports' 780p or 1080i, it really doesn't do you anything unless your source is outputting 780p or 1080i, due to the source being HDTV (HDTV broadcast plus decoder), or a source format such as DVD, Cable, or Satellite upscaled to a higher resolution.
1) my first question -- A bit confused over interlacing/non-interlacing. Used to the computer world, and assuming that a non-interlaced display is best at the highest resolution you can put out. My understanding is that interlacing would be used to increase resolution, and non-interlacing would be used primarily to reduce flicker, increase stability. Correct assumption?
2) Page 3 of the link above shows bar graphs of 'active pixels' of each format, with 720p being the second highest (921,600 pixles), and 1080i being the highest (1,036,800 pixels). I would want to assume that 720p would provide the better viewing experience, being that the number of pixels isn't that far apart, and thow its less, you'd have a non-interlaced image.
At the same time, if I was to look at a product like the Sony KV-34XBR800 (http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start;sid=-Ygytl5GtgsyhGDJ8Gg4vRFWnC8odp7QRkk=?CatalogCategoryID=380KC0%2eNkb4AAAD031%2e0sFhP&ProductID=cnsKC0%2eNDJUAAAD0okm0sFhU&Dept=tv&Boutique=wega
), I would see two things: first that the complete description title is "34 FD Trinitron WEGA Hi-Scan 1080i TV", so figure that if you're going to make a point of mentioning 1080i, that it is the better of the two. Secondly, the fact that its 720p Input capable, but converts it to 1080i, so assume that's for the better... Thoughts regarding the two standards?
3) My two primary sources will be a DVD player and a Cablevision digital cable signal. For me to get the best video quality out of both of them, my assumption is that I need:
- TV "capable" of higher resolution output/format
- some sort of progressive scan output or upscaling,
whether it be in the source (DVD Player), external
upscaler, or built into the TV.
For the 'picture improvement/upscaling/deinterlacing' that's built into TVs, I've been impressed. For example, the Samsung 32" TVs always appear to have a terrific picture to me as I believe that have some sort of built in deinterlacing. Some of the higher end Sony's as well I think.
For combined cost and aiming for best picture quality though, is the whole upscaling thing best done by getting a cheaper television supporting the higher formats and getting an external upscaler?
This is my assumption figuring I can upscale all sources, and that most external boxes for improvement would be much better than anything included inside a DVD player or a television -- the equivalent of using an external DAC instead of what's inside of a CDP.
So if you knew you'd use an external scaler, it pretty much doesn't matter if such circuitry also exists in the TV?
4) Any suggestions for 32"-36" flat screen digital televisions (non-plasma, non-rear projection) that support the highest resolution, without added cost due to circuitry that would be provided in an external scaler?
Interest in the scalers came when I stumbled upon the Brite View Video Scaler/Deinterlacer that can be picked up for about $400...http://www.sonic.net/soundscape/terk.htmlhttp://www.laaudiofile.com/briteview.html
Any assistance? Just not sure if I'm reading into all these standards correctly, or if I'm completely off base.