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.
So 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.