1080p Drives HDTV Sales Hike

By now it should be no surprise that HDTV unit sales doubled in the fourth quarter of 2006 compared to 4Q 2005. What might lift an eyebrow is that a third of those bright shiny new HDTVs were 1080p models, according to Pacific Media Associates. Just six months earlier, 1080p had accounted for only five percent of HDTV sales. What a change half a year of hype can make. For the alphanumerically disinclined, "1080p" refers to displays that show 1920 by 1080 pixels with the entire picture drawn one full frame at a time. Back when guys delivered chunks of ice to cool cordless refrigerators, analog television began using an interlacing process that scanned each frame in two passes, and this process still survives, sort of like the coccyx. However, some experts point out that paying a premium for 1080p may not be a wise decision. Notes our video editor Geoff Morrison: "From where most people sit, you don't need 1080p in a 37-42 inch TV. It's arguable that you do in a 50-inch set." Deal of the month: Buy one Pioneer Elite PRO-FHD1 50-inch plasma, get one free. Next big thing: the 120Hz refresh rate.

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I have been a subscbr to HT for a number of years and have bought equipment based on your recommendations and reviews. My question has to do with subtle differences in model numbers across different retailers for what appears to be the same item. For example, I read your review of the Samsung HL-S5679W DLP and then went to Sam's Club. They had a set that looked exactly like the one in HT, but the model # on the display was subtly different - maybe one letter or one number different. In any event, do retailers purposely play around with model nubmers to keep us from comparing prices between stores? Should I only trust the exact model number of the products you review to be sure I am getting the exact same item? I love the mag and really value your information.