HD Ready or Full HD? What’s the difference?

These days, High Definition viewing is the way to go if you’re going to buy a new TV. Buying a TV can be daunting though because of lots of new technology and features we have right now.

HD Ready vs Full HDSo I’m going to tackle something that might be confusing to non-geeky people out there. HD Ready or Full HD? The difference is quite simpler than you might think and it will be a big help if you’re talking to TV salesperson.

HD Signals

First let us look at HD signals. There are two type of resolution for HD viewing and you can look at it like your monitor’s resolution. 1280 x 720 (720p/i) and 1920 x 1080 (1080p/i). Just like a monitor, the higher the resolution the more image detail it can accommodate.

You might also encounter things like 720i and 720p or 1080i and 1080p. The “p” stands for progressive scan and the “i” for interlaced.

To remember things easily, the “i” means the display output is compressed while the “p” shows full detail. Got it?

HD Ready

hdready Sometimes you will see monitors or TV’s that has a sticker saying HD Ready. It means that the TV is capable of playing high definition signals but up to a certain limit only.

HD Ready TV typically can only handle 1280 x 720 or what is commonly called 720p. This means if your digital content or movie’s resolution is 1920 x 1080, the TV will scale it down to 1280 x 720.

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Full HD TV’s on the other hand can display 1080p or 1920 x 1080 resolution. So if you’re looking for a home TV that offers the best viewing pleasure, look for one that says Full HD 1080p.

Some Full HD TV can only output 1080i so watch out for that as well.

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Recently, there are TV’s having stickers saying HD Ready 1080p. These TV’s are the true Full HD capable of displaying 720p, 1080i and 1080p HD signals.

My recommendation?

Here’s a tip when buying an HD TV. Full HD TV’s are not that cheap so if you are not gunning for a 42” or greater, get an HD Ready TV instead (720p).

If there’s a big price difference between a TV capable of 1080i and 1080p, I would highly suggest biting the bullet and go for the 1080p especially if you’re into watching movies or HD sports.

Of course here in the Philippines digital TV is not yet that popular so you won’t get much out of a Full HD TV unless you watch a lot of High Def or Blu Ray movies.

Hope this piece of post will help you not look like a lost kid when talking to TV salesmen.

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6 Responses

  1. Claudine says:

    ok.. that’s informational.. grabe calvs.. i can’t access my blog na!! siguro kasi I write something about China! peste! arghhh…

  2. ibrahim says:

    hi good advise, i just wanted to know what the outcome would be if i were to buy a hd ready tv and connect it to my pc which has a full hd support what would the outcome be?

  3. Calvin says:

    I suppose your PC’s graphics card has an HDMI port and you will be connecting to your HDTV via HDMI cable right? Then you can watch HD content from your PC to your TV in HD quality. :) nice!

  4. Arthur says:

    Since this article was posted almost a year ago, prices of full hd lcds are coming down fast. In fact, there is a 37inch full-hd LG that is around 30K pesos only.

    Maybe the manufacturers are gearing up for the LED type displays to become mainstream.

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