LG Shows 1080p HDTVs in 37- and 42-Inch Sizes

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LG rolled out 37-inch and 42-inch 1080p LCD HDTVs, reminding us that 1080p's 1920x1080 resolution is double that of the garden-variety 1366x768 resolution commonly seen in LCDs of this size. The two models will also have a 250GB hard drive for personal video recording. Another impressive spec is a 6ms response time.


LG doesn't mention that you're going to have to be sitting pretty close to be able to tell the difference between 1080p and 1366x768 at this smaller screen size. That's not to mention the paucity of content available in 1080p thus far. Anyway, the slow but steady emergence of true 1080p HDTVs onto the market is welcome, but it's too bad we won't be seeing these TVs from LG until early next year. LG didn't announce pricing yet, either.

If you're looking for a cheap 1080p set now, check out the $2500 Westinghouse 47-inch model, which I've seen with my own eyes. My reaction to a 1080p set for $2500 whose quality kicks major ass? One word: wow. I say, bring it, LG. Let's see what you got.


LG 37 and 42 inch LCD HDTVs [Newlaunches]

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Nice article Mr. White!

Note the Westinghouse isn't a "TV", as it has no tuner; no big deal if you have a satellite or cable box. By law large "TV"s must be able to decode over-the-air high-def broadcasts.

The announcement of HDMI 1.3 and various problems with first-generation 1080p sets (e.g. new Samsung LCD can't display pixels 1-1 from its digital computer input) are reasons to wait longer before spending money on Blu-ray/HD-DVD. "Maybe the new Sony XBR2 will get it right..."