Are You Getting All of the HDTV Resolution You Expected? Round 3

This probably falls into the I didn’t know it was a problem until I read about it online category. However, this article does provide information that should help you in your real world shopping. Home Theater Mag took 50+ TVs and benchmarked them with five different tests. They tested for deinterlacing, 3:2 pulldown, bandwidth, static resolution and motion resolution. Its a little distrubing to see some of the low motion resolution.

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I tested all 74 HDTVs for two important criteria. I measured each display’s ability to deinterlace 1080i signals and also sought to learn whether these displays could convert film-based content (24 frames per second) to the HDTVs’ display rates without losing detail. (Usually this was 60 hertz, many new120-Hz sets arrived too late to be included in this roundup.) The results can help guide you as you purchase an HDTV, but I must emphasize that not all of the passing sets looked great and not all of the non-passing ones appeared bad. However, that being said, an HDTV that fails to deinterlace a 1080i signal (broadcast and a few HD DVD and Blu-ray discs) will cut the signal’s resolution up to 50 percent (540 horizontal lines). This is very noticeable when comparing HDTVs, especially if they’re all 1080p displays. More on this below.