From Cnet: "I've written a couple of columns about 1080p in the last couple of years (in March and October of 2005, to be precise), but now that the term is being bandied about quite freely in the consumer press with the arrival of next-generation DVD, it seems only appropriate to revisit the topic as more folks consider spending that 20 percent premium or so to step up a 1080p HDTV this holiday season. In case you haven't heard, 1080p displays, with their 1,920x1,080-pixel native resolutions, are theoretically capable of delivering the smoothest, sharpest picture.
In the past, I've given a more complete rundown of the pros and cons of 1080p, what it is, and how it fits into the grander scheme of HD resolutions. Senior Editor David Katzmaier's "HDTV resolutions explained" is also an excellent resource for getting a handle on the whole 1080p vs. 1080i vs. 720p debate.
But for this column, I'm going to go real-world on you and step into our A/V lab, where Mr. Katzmaier and I have set up five flat-panel HDTVs with native resolutions ranging from 1,024x768 (the Philips 42PF9631D 42-inch plasma) to 1,366x768 (the Panasonic TH-50PH9UK 50-inch plasma) to 1,920x1,080 (the Westinghouse LVM-47w1 47-inch LCD, the Sharp LC-46D62U 46-inch LCD, and the JVC LT-40FN97 40-inch LCD). We've hooked up the Samsung BD-P1000 Blu-ray player running the latest firmware and are using a Gefen HDMI Distribution Amplifier to pump out images to all five TVs at the same time. Then we pop in Mission: Impossible III, one of the best-looking Blu-ray movies we've seen to date. Our mission: see what differences we can discern in the picture quality at various resolutions."