questionswhat is the difference between 720p & 1080p?


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Long story short, 1080p is the highest source that video can currently be put out so the picture is clearer, crisper, and better. Do some googling. There's tons of geeky info out there.


If you are buying a 42" or bigger tv, consider getting the 1080p. Anything smaller and you won't notice the difference between that and a 720p.


I have a 52" and a 56".

The 52" is a 120Hz 1080p LCD and the 56" is a 720p DLP.

At normal viewing distance, there is a difference, but it is very minor.

In fact beyond a certain viewing distance, with normal eyesight you won't be able to tell the difference.

Quite honestly most people who get 1080p do so for the bragging rights.


1080P means the display has 1920 pixels across the screen (horizontal) and 1080 lines of pixels down the screen (vertical.) 720P is 1280 across by 720 down. It is noticeable with a high quality, detailed image, if the image is 1080, and if you are close enough to the TV to discern the difference.

I recommend going to a store that has both 1080 and 720 TVs on display, make sure they're feeding them with a quality 1080 signal source, and then examine them to get a personal feel for whether the price difference is really worth it to you. Experiment to find out how close you have to get to the TV to notice the difference. Then figure out how far you'll be from the TV when you're watching it in your home.

If you can apprecitate the difference, and you plan to watch a lot of high-quality, high-resolution sources, such as BluRay movies, then it might be worth it to you. But if you're a big Woot fan, saving some money on 720P might be more desirable.


1080P is a higher resolution display and costs more. Take a look at the chart in the link below to see if there's any benefit based on your screen size and viewing distance. In other words, if you're too far away or your screen is too small your eyes can't tell the difference anyway. Also, don't forget that the only 1080p source content is a blu-ray disc player and some video game systems. Regular HD broadcast/cable/satellite TV isn't broadcasted at 1080P anyways.


Check out Wolverine's link, it's pretty good information.
If you normally sit pretty close to the TV (or plan to) or it's a larger screen, go for the 1080p display. Otherwise 720p should suffice.


Thank you guys... I had the same Q. I know the technical diff in the two, but had no clue visually if it would be worth it to upgrade. Now I do! :)


it is worth every penny of differance both dish network and directtv offer most of there programming in 1080 if you are viewing on a tv larger than 26" then you will want the higher resolution, remember that 1080p and 1080i can only be viewed over a digital bandwidth signal, meaning over the air hdtv or through a set top box via hdmi or componant cable, your standard rca style connectors or coax will NOT carry a digital signal fron a set top box.