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11-29-11, 01:20 AM
Which is better for Blu-Ray? I have a 32" HD TV but its NOT 1080p although blu-rays look fantastic on it and 10 times better then DVD. The 21" monitor might have more resolution since its full HD, but what is better for blu-ray overall? I think I prefer the 32" HD TV because of bigger screen size and it looks fantastic at 1080i/720p anyway. What does everyone else think? In this case is screen size better then extra resolution or is it the other way around ?

11-29-11, 08:10 AM
At 32" there is no way you are going to see a difference between 1080i (or 720p) and 1080p. Heck, unless you have amazing eyes and are super picky, you probably won't see a difference until you get in the 60"+ sizes. There are other factors that could make one or the other look better, but resolution isn't one of them.

Also, the only difference between "HD" and "HD-Ready" is that ready means it does not have it's own HD tuner built in, so you would need a tuner of some sort to receive over-the-air channels. If you have an HD cable or sat box, you are fine with either. It won't matter for Blu-ray.

Jay G.
11-29-11, 08:21 AM
It depends, based on the combination of resolution, screen size, and seating distance.

For example, look at the chart in this article:

According to that, you'd have to be sitting no more than 3 feet away from a 21" screen to see the advantage of 1080 resolution. So if you're say, watching Blu-rays while sitting at your computer, the 21" screen may be better.

If, however, you're sitting on your couch, the 32" HDTV is likely a better choice, since you're probably sitting 5 feet or further away from the TV.

Additionally, there are other factors to consider besides just resolution, such as color accuracy, black levels, contrast, and response time.

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