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Old 03-02-2008, 06:07 PM
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I have a Samsung dlp 720p/1080i tv and use a upconverted dvd player to watch movies. Best Buy has the BD30 on sale and with other promotions I could get it for a little over $400. My question is will the BD30 blu rays look impressive on 1080i over what I get with the upconverted dvd player?
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I have a Samsung dlp 720p/1080i tv and use a upconverted dvd player to watch movies. Best Buy has the BD30 on sale and with other promotions I could get it for a little over $400. My question is will the BD30 blu rays look impressive on 1080i over what I get with the upconverted dvd player?
There is no such thing as a 1080i DLP TV. All DLP sets are progressive scan by nature. The TV may accept either 720p or 1080i input signals, but it always converts them to its own native resolution. I'm going to guess yours is 720p, but if you post the model number someone can look it up for you.

And yes, in either case Blu-rays will look a lot better than upconverted DVDs. Upconversion is not magic. It can't create picture detail that isn't present in the source. DVDs are all 480i resolution.
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The model number on the samsung is hlt5075sx.
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The model number on the samsung is hlt5075sx.
Yeah, that set is only 720P. You will still see an improvement from DVD which is the main benefit of getting Blu-ray.
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i have the panasonic and a samsung 720p as well, buy it now unless you want to wait for the next model to come out. Picture looks amazing, everytime i watch something though, i wish i had a 1080p set because that must look unbelievable. I saw the bestbuy deal, $50.00 off plus two free movies, that's pretty good, hold on to the reciept just in cast they do a better deal within 30 days so you can price match.
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If I wait for the next model, I do not believe I would take advantage of the features like online extras and such. Also, when I go into Best Buy they are going to try to sell their extended protection plan. Is it worth it on the panasonic?
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Extended protection plans are always a rip-off. Just say no to those.
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DVDs are all 480i resolution.
Thats interesting, because here in Europe the dvds have a resolution of 720x576(p?)
So that the difference between an (cheep) 720p TV with Blu-Ray and an up converted dvd isn't so big here... (Now I understand the father of my girl friend why he can't see a big difference )
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QUOTE=Josh Z;814958]Extended protection plans are always a rip-off. Just say no to those.
If you never have to use it, it is a rip-off.
If you do have to use it it is not.
just like all insurance.
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Thats interesting, because here in Europe the dvds have a resolution of 720x576(p?)
So that the difference between an (cheep) 720p TV with Blu-Ray and an up converted dvd isn't so big here... (Now I understand the father of my girl friend why he can't see a big difference )
Actually you have it wrong.
PAL = 720 wide x 576i High = .4 Megapixels
NTSC = 720 wide x 480i High = .3 Megapixels

HDTV = 1280 wide x 720P High (720P) = 1 Megapixels
HDTV = 1920 wide x 1080i High (1080i) = 2 Megapixels
Blu-ray = 1920 wide x 1080p High (1080P) = 2 Megapixels

You should be able to see twice the information and detail on a Blu-ray disc versus an upconverted DVD at the lowest HDTV resolution 720P. At its highest(1080P) you will see about 4 times the detail.
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