(2012-05-29 07:38)DJ_Izumi Wrote:(2012-05-29 07:32)poofyhairguy Wrote: And in the future ALWAYS pay the extra for a full 1080p TV. Only 1080p TVs can have a setting to really work like a monitor and just be a big pixel perfect panel. In fact in HTPCland that matter more than ANYTHING else (like LCD vs Plasma, 60hz vs 240hz, etc.).
I don't think that's necessarily true, I think it varies model by model. I have a 32" '720p' TV that actually has a native resolution of 1360x768. I have no issue hooking up either my laptop or XBMC machine to it, it seeing it as a 1360x768 HDMI display, and drawing a 1:1 pixel perfect image on the display. Works great. It's a cheap Dynex brand no less.
Many 720p TVs are really 1360x768. Heck that is what my mentioned "720p" TV thinks it is when I use the VGA port.
The problem is that 1360x768 resolution. Video is mostly either 1080p or 720p. So either you scale content down to a weird resolution, or you scale it up to a weird resolution. Cropping is only part of the issue with 720p TVs, the real issue is I haven't met one that is really 720p. Heck some plasmas are 1024x768. All terrible.
Scaling is bad in most cases and should be avoided. When it can't be avoided, natural scaling is better (so like 720p to 1080p).
That is why I think 1080p matters so much for a HTPC. You can get an output is that basically the original content as it was intended.
Heck, that is why you do a HTPC. If you just want the chopped and scaled image the average consumer expects many Blu Ray players will do that job better!