Make the switch to HDTV
October 14, 2004
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I have a 32-inch analog TV, and I'm considering upgrading to a 34-inch HDTV. I know the HD channels will look great, but I've heard that the other 100 or so non-HD channels won't look as good. Is that true?
Queens, New York
| | In general, you won't notice any degradation
in non-HD image quality if you replace your analog TV with a similar-size HDTV.
In fact, the picture should look better, at least when you watch with vertical bars
, because the image will be smaller
(about 28 inches) and in progressive-scan
The rule of thumb is, given the same quality source, a larger image will look worse than a smaller one.
, CNET senior editor for home theater and a TV reviewer with five years' experience, has color bars and a resolution chart tattooed inside his eyelids.