RonnyBoy wrote:I read the post ... and then thought about the data displayed in the chart. How do I know that the results were from a scientific study? It doesn't say how large the sample population was, what criteria were used to view the screens, what standard deviation measures used, yadda yadda yadda.
Just because it's in Wikipedia doesn't mean it's true either.
We just can't go around accepting nice looking charts and assume that they're charting scientifically valid data.
Wikipedia is not a scholarly source. Just try quoting it in a college paper and see what happens! (Same for Reader's Digest, by the way--one teacher I know took a whole grade pint off another person's paper just because it was the main source.)
However, to be honest, Wikipedia is often right on the money. It all depends upon the sources quoted or referred to. And sometimes there is no source.
Of course, here there is a source, but the test, I believe (if my memory serves me correctly), is a subjective one.
There have been studies showing that many people don't see a difference between 1080p and 480i video. So it all depends on you. You can do a test with yourself easy enough. If you stand about the distance you will be viewing the TV in your home and can't tell the difference, assuming that the programming and connections are full HD (1080), then you don't need to spend more on 1080. What you will probably see, though, isn't a TV with an HDMI connection. It will probably have the colorstream inputs (three separate color video and two audio), and you may not see any difference.
Since the TV is sold out anyway, it's a moot point right now, but I'm sure we'll see other good TV buys here. If I had seen this early this morning (I had to work and didn't have time to visit the Woot sites), I owuld have bought this. My experience with my 55" Visio has bee nothing short of zombtastic. I can't say the same about our JVC 42", though, since it likes to shut itself off and turn itself back on after disabling the mute (my wife listens to it with wireless headphones), waking me up. I might have fixed it recently with a power down for an hour or so. we'll see if the problem comes back.
Remember, a refurbished product often has the original problem fixed with upgraded, improved parts (not always, though). So it's quite possible that you'll be getting a better quality product than a new one. (It's also possible that they didn't do anything but fix what's wrong with off-the-shelf parts from old stock, too.)