My old TV died recently, I wanted to replace it with a 42" - 46" Hi-def LCD. Unfortunately I am in some serious financial shit at the moment and will not be able to afford one for a while so today I purchased a second hand 42" standard definition plasma real cheap and when I say standard def I mean 480, yeah
Here's the thing, to my surprise I just threw a DVD on and the picture on this is better than any of the HI def LCD's I have been looking at, even better than when I watched blu ray on them. This TV has no noticeable pixelation, no artifacts, nothing, just a beautiful picture. It's not quite as nice as a blu ray playing on an OLED but it is bloody close when I watch kung fu panda on blu ray (still with the PS3 set to output standard def) and a lot better than watching blu ray on a hi def LCD panel.
So how is this possible? I was going to sell this as soon as I could afford the LCD I wanted but I'm having second thoughts and thinking I should keep this, my wife agrees. To think I wasn't even going to look at this because it wasn't hi def
It's probably because you're viewing it in its native resolution. I notice the same thing between my computer and TV. Good quality SD video looks great on my old SDTV, because the video's resolution matches the TV's resolution. For HDTVs, though, the resolution has to be scaled up, which gives it a kind of fuzzy quality. The same video that looked really great on my TV would usually look kind of crappy on my monitor, which is essentially a 1080p display. If you're watching 720p blu-ray video on a 1080p display, you'll still get some of this. If most of what you use the TV for is SD, get an SDTV. If you plan to watch much HD video, get an HDTV.