|I would agree that it is a waste of money in this circumstance to get a 1080p capable TV, but unless you find a significant difference in price, I would suggest a 720p(1080i) capable TV. What your not seeing on the TVs at the store is that there are viewing adjustments which can be made on those TVs for viewing different kinds of content. On the store's displays, they have them all set to fill the whole screen to show off the big display (often people will do this if your looking at them in somebody's home as well). In this case, the 480i content gets stretched out and fuzzy looking, but if you reset the screen to frame the SD content in, it will look sharp and clear. But, with the 720p (1080i) capability, when you do watch HD content it will look much sharper and clearer. I'm not a big football fan, but watching the free over-the-air HD broadcasts of football games and other sports events is a lot more entertaining than the old NTSC broadcasts. Most of the broadcast TV content during prime time is already HD, it is much better to have a TV that can display it. But, the main point I'm trying to make is to let you know that the HDTVs can be adjusted for getting a good picture with SD, your just not seeing it at the store. |
Also, the plasma screens are considered more "vibrant" than LCD, but they consume a lot more power for that vibrance. And, LCD screens have lots of contrast adjustments which can be made from their internal menus, the TVs at the store are usually just in the default settings. And, finally, the viewing angle on LCDs is more critical than plasmas. If your not perpendicular to the screen, a LCD will look dimmer than it is when looking stright on, not so much with a plasma.
Good thing of you, to be trying to find a decent set for your folks, hope it turns out well for you.