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"HD ready " says that the television can display an image from an HD signal, whether it is a 1080 or 720 line format. However, it makes no claims about the resolution of the screen itself. Some HD ready screens are as low as 480 line which is the number of lines in an NTSC (North American format) standard definition signal. The image quality will therefore be no better than SD even with an HD signal being delivered to it.

"Full HD" is less well defined. It normally means that the display has 1080 lines and it can show a 1080i image at its native resolution. Some people will say that full HD must allow 1080p signals to be shown at the native resolution and frame rate. Full HD can also mean that the screen is a 720 line display, or higher. As 720 line is a recognized HD format, a display that boasts 768 lines can legitimately be called full HD.

The only way to establish the type of display is to check the detailed specification. Ideally, the display will have a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and will handle 720p, 1080i and 1080p signals. Any other resolution will demand that the incoming image is resized from 1080 to some other format, so losing quality against the incoming 1080 signal.

The final check for a television is a visual one. Disregard all the specifications and watch the television while it shows the program material that you are likely to be watching. If the display looks good, then it's a good television. That's very subjective but the buyer is normally the person who will be watching it.

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