EDTV: What You Should Know Before You Make That Purchase

May 4, 2020 By [email protected]_84 Off

Enhanced Definition Television – also known as EDTV – is

one of the many modern viewing technologies of our time.

Often confused with HDTV capability, this is actually a

compromise between standard TV and HDTV. In fact, the

visual benefits are at least twice that of standard

television, since EDTV technology offers a minimum

resolution of 480p when used on a monitor. As a result,

you’ll find that this type of system is more expensive than

standard television, yet cheaper than HDTV technology.

While there’s been a hew and a cry to purchase the more

expensive – and higher quality – HDTV, there are actually

some advantages to the “second best” EDTV version. First,

there can be as much as a $1200 price difference between

the two, and – in some scenarios – the viewing quality of

EDTV is superior to that of its pricier counterpart. For

instance, there’s only a 10% difference in quality when

you’re viewing two plasma TVs that have been produced by

the same manufacturer, but the EDTV soars above HDTV when

the incoming picture has a lower resolution than the

monitor’s regular resolution. This is because EDTV

technology allows it to align better with the incoming


If you have an extensive DVD collection, or simply prefer

watching movies via DVD, then the EDTV will offer a better

video experience. Why? Simply because the DVD, which

offers a 480p picture matches perfectly with that of EDTV –

which is also 480p. That, in addition to the fact that

most content isn’t high definition, but happens to have a

pixel count that matches beautifully with the “lower

quality” EDTV system, makes this a better buy. Higher

contrast ratios are also better in the EDTV arena, which

makes the viewing of darker scenes more superior. In fact,

even high definition quality transmissions only suffer a

10% difference in quality between EDTV and HDTV – yet, the

price of the former is significantly less.

It’s a given that if you purchase a set that’s of lower

quality, then even EDTV resolution will suffer. If you’re

going to invest in a system that offers higher technology,

then you should also be prepared to make the same decision

when it comes to investing in the set which will receive

the images. So, models that come from Sony, Pioneer or

Panasonic will tend to offer a better video experience than

that which comes from an inferior manufacturer.

The bottom line is that – dollar for dollar – buying an

EDTV system is a smarter decision than purchasing the HDTV.

When comparing price, difference in viewing quality and

the ratio of programs that are actually offered to the

general public in a high definition format, the EDTV wins,

hands down. So, before you go out and spend about $1200

more than you need to, consider investing your hard-earned

money into the EDTV technology. You’ll rarely notice the

difference – until you check your bank book, that is; then

the difference will become obvious. After all, there’s

always the possibility that the chasm between the two

systems may increase in the future, but think of all of the

money that you can save, in the meantime.