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Why 1080p doesn’t matter. Get over it.

I’ve got to calm down a little bit before I really start pounding out this article.  The fact that such glaring technological fallacies still persist, and amongst intelligent people, is just too much for me to handle without wanting to commit all sorts of homicide on a mass scale.  Unfortunately I’ve come to realize that a lot of what people understand about the upper echelons of video quality in resolution and recording is the product of clever marketing campaigns.  I want to tackle my grievances with the general public one at a time so I don’t devolve into a totally aimless rant.

I know this is going to be a tough one to overcome because many of you have invested in 1080p HDTVs and want to believe so badly that they’re better because they are 1080.  Well, you’re half wrong and I’ll explain.  There are a lot of factors that affect video quality that are also entirely removed from resolution.  First, color quality has a huge effect on our perceived quality of televisions and not just brightness but accuracy.  I don’t care what resolution your television is, if I watch hockey and the shadows on the ice look blue instead of grey then your television is crap or you don’t know how to tune it.  Second, motion quality is key to perceived accuracy as well.  I’m not talking any of this 120/240hz crap either (which I’ll save for another article).  I’m talking about actual panel response time (grey-to-grey) in milliseconds.  This number got lost amongst all this bullshit about contrast ratio and expanded color ranges.  Educate yourself.

These things I’ve mentioned matter to your picture quality and resolution does as well.  Most people just don’t have any understanding at what point it becomes a factor.  This is easy to demonstrate with stuff at your house.  Pull out a shirt and look at the threads that actually constitute the fabric.  Now back away until you can’t see the threads anymore.  Would it make any difference to your visual perception of the fabric if at this distance, more threads were added?  The answer is a resounding no.  Take a look at this chart.

To help you grasp this concept consider the 2011 Volkswagen GTI, of which I am the proud owner.  In order to get a sunroof, I had to upgrade my radio from a 100$ basic CD player, to a 500$ touch screen job I was going to rip out anyway.  Point is, if I wanted the higher quality product (GTI with a sunroof) I had to buy some shit that didn’t matter to me or the end result of my car.  Same for televisions.  The price of admission to higher end video quality is having to pay for a bunch of shit they claim to make a difference when it’s really the underlying processes and factors that either can’t be or won’t be explained numerically.  I don’t blame it on corporations like Sony, LG, or Samsung (even though Samsung started all this bullshit) I blame the consumers for not voting properly with their consumer dollars.  Don’t buy a Samsung surround sound just because your tv is a Samsung.  It’s like picking Michael Jordan for your baseball team.  Just stupid. Hopefully you will walk away with this article with a little more knowledge and skepticism about the world of consumerism.  Don’t rely on the people selling you products to give you their opinion.  Get yourself educated just enough to form your own. At this point I’ll be taking questions, queries, and harassing statements from people who don’t understand the things I have explained.