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I got in a pickle choosing over 1080i and 1080p formats. Given above reasons ,does one format has advantage over the other (mainly 4-5 year lifespan and availability of media during that time). Is there another format/features I should be looking at?
Any and all advices are greatly appreciated
1080 is the number of horizontal scan lines.
i = interlaced, which means each successive scan shows "half" a picture or every other line. (one scan is odd lines, the next is even, etc)
it relies on the persistence in your vision.
it is a form of compression and will result in artifacts (smears, ghosts, etc)
p = progressive, whcih is a pure left to right, top to bottom scan.
Personally, if it comes to picture quality from analogue sources, I still favor a CRT above an LCD flat panel TV.
The newest models will have the best spec, on all counts, especially if you go for a branded model. The technology has moved on and 1 year old models are not as good as today's introductions. I'd suggest avoiding end-of-line models.
That tip from adb64 about the multipe connectors is correct. The more you get the more you can plug in. It does affect the price, of course, but you'll be kicking yourself if you don't think ahead on that one.