Pioneer: 'Our 720p set is better than 1080p'

While many people see resolution as the most important consideration when buying a new TV, this might not actually be the case. Jim Catcheside at Pioneer says that people are too hung-up on resolution and that this is causing some to buy inferior products.

"One of the blights on the TV industry at the moment is the big hang-up that people seem to have on resolution. It's a big bugbear of mine. All most people are worried about at the moment is that their new TV should have a resolution of 1920 x 1080. 1080, 1080, 1080, 1080. That's all some people want to hear about," he said when spoke to him at CES today.

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InMyOpinion3991d ago (Edited 3991d ago )

Hard to argue against Pioneer. Most tests agree that they make the best LCD TV's, although they don't come cheap.

*edit* My mistake. Best plasmas. I think Samsungs LCD's are the best.

Check this comparison:

segasage3991d ago

they make the best Plamas..

AuburnTiger3991d ago

you could argue their prices

Bonsai12143991d ago

their Kuro is the ultimate plasma tv. though i don't agree with their statement that 720p on their tv is better than 1080p on other tvs

deeznuts3991d ago

1080p is better than 720p but not all 1080p panels are better. In fact a lot are crap. There are a mutlitude of factors when it comes to picture quality, with resolution being just one.

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Jones Miller3991d ago

In the end though! I think consumers could not care less about his assumptions. If stupidity dictates that 1920 X 1080p is the way to go then that´s the way to go.

predator3991d ago

im on the fence about getting a 1080p tv, i have a samsung 32" 720p/1080i but i want to go bigger and have looked at getting a sony bravia 42" 1080p but reading this article has made me rethink what i was planning on doing

FirstknighT3991d ago

42inch is to small for 1080p. 1080p is only a factor if you get atleast a 50 inch and sit closer than your recommended viewing distance. Even than it's still hard to tell the difference. But for the normal viewing distance...their is no difference between both resolutions.

predator3991d ago (Edited 3991d ago )

im not to sure about that firstknight, im sure 42" is big enough for a 1080p tv

mighty_douche3991d ago (Edited 3991d ago )

i have a 24" monitor that ill use for an example, set the res to 1920x1080 then to 1024x720 and the difference is MASSIVE.

People who claim 1080p to be pointless dont have a 1080p tv, simple.

The difference between 1080 and 720 is greater than the difference betwwen standard tv 480 and 720.
so does that mean you cant tell the difference between standard and HD?

joydestroy3991d ago

no dudes, firstknight is right.
Pioneer has a 720p 50" that will blow most other 1080p 50" tvs out of the water, no joke. do your research before buying. i'm getting a 720p. the cost difference between the two is ridiculous when in a few years you could get a really nice 1080p that will be much cheaper and well worth it.

Perkel3991d ago

42inch is to small for 1080p. 1080p is only a factor if you get atleast a 50 inch and sit closer than your recommended viewing distance. Even than it's still hard to tell the difference. But for the normal viewing distance...their is no difference between both resolutions.

ok i have 40" TV and I see Terrible difrence btwn 1080p and 720p. If u don't see it then u are blind ;)

no offence but u tlk BS

Jack T3991d ago (Edited 3991d ago )

I guess that means Sony fanboys have better eyesight than the rest of the human race.

Congratulations on being several hundred years more evolved than the rest of the human race.

solidt123991d ago

I have a 42 inch tv that does 1080p and I like 720p better so far for every game I have played. I agree you need a very large TV for 1080p. Anything under 46 inches and you won't even want to use 1080p because it makes everything smaller on the screen. My next TV will be at least 55 inches and 1080p. I shooting for a 72 incher.

titntin3991d ago


I understand your reluctance - there is still a premium to be paid for decent quality 1080P.

I can only sugest you try and find shop where you can demo some screens, but do be aware how badly many shops set their TV's up.
Ignore comments about the differences only being visable on a huge screen, as this is clearly nonsence and a good qulaity 40" panel will clearly show the differences in resolution with a good qulaity source.
A way of making it extremely obvious, is to use a decent media server like a PS3 with a 1.3 hdmi cable and view some of your own photos'. You will quite clearly see the extra detail that you can now discern from the extra resolution. If your PC screen supports the resoultions, simply try setting your res at 720P first then at 1080P and tell me you can't see a truck load of extra detail that simple upscaling merely guesses at.

If you are investing in a new set to last the next 8 years or so, I believe buying anything lesss than 1080P is folly for anyone who enjoys high tech and games machines.Despite the noises that MS made about HD, theres no question their next machine will natively support 1080P output rather than upscaling, and once you've used a set with 1080P support as a media server, net browser PC monitor etc, you will wander how you ever copped without the extra clarity.

Hope you get something your happy with!

GIJeff3991d ago

tvs are best at whatever their native resolution is. If Mighty's 24inch is indeed an LCD, switching to anything lower than the native resolution looks like ass. Thats why when you get a PC LCD monitor you need to first find a graphics card to play the latest games in your monitor of choice's native resolution. Intropolated LCD monitors look TERRIBLE. So the douche is right...kinda..

FirstknighT3990d ago

The editor of SoundandVision has always stated that 1080p is useless under a 50inch tv. It's amazing to see how their are so many people in here that have no idea what they're talking about.

Mighty Douche, you can tell a difference between 720p and 1080p on your 24inch???? So according to your theory than your eyes are good enough to tell the difference between 20million pixels vs. 30million pixels?

You sir have to be the biggest idiot here.

joydestroy3990d ago

you guys are retarded. with a high end 720p tv you will not see a difference unless you're sitting closer than you should be to the set.

believe it or not, it's your $1000 you'll be wasting, not mine.

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FirstknighT3991d ago

I been saying this from Day 1. 1080p is almost impossible to tell apart from a 720p unless your sitting 2 feet away from the set. Save yourself some money and buy yourself a 42 inch 720p tv fast since they are selling cheap these days.

Account deleted3991d ago

if you want to save some bucks, that's a great suggestion, they're really good and damn cheap relatively, but no there is a big difference between the 1080p and 720p, go to a mall and and see the difference for yourself(even after 2 feet)... anyway everyone judges for himself, and be wary not to catch some game-lag there :p

malingenie3991d ago

But the difference is massive in games and in movies. I do have a 52 inch TV but I sit AT recommended distance and the difference again is blinding. It is an incontrovertible fact.

joydestroy3990d ago (Edited 3990d ago )

what malls do you guys go to? and what crappy brands are you looking at?

you will get better value and just as good a picture out of a good 720p tv versus a 1080p one.

DaEnforcer3991d ago

I call bullshit, Samsung 1080p 100Hz FTW!!!

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