Craig Birkmaier wrote: > You may well challenge this, however, keep in mind > that any display smaller than 40 inches does not > need 720P resolution, Again, with broadcast or DVD storage, you don't need to focus on the minimum requirements of any one display. You need to provide adequate quality for the best displays, while still being signal-compatible with the simplest and cheapest ones. > This is not even true today. Hollywood is still > holding out for 4K x 2K. And the Japanes are > already developing Ultra High Definition formats. Neither of these other formats is called HDTV. They are instead "digital cinema" or UHDTV. > Just out of curiosity Bert, can you provide any > examples of where the consumer electronics > industry has optimized products around the > highest level of performance for a mass market > product? Obviously. In 1948, FM radio was designed to exceed the quality levels of just about any radio in existence at the time. In short order, radios that would play the entire audible spectrum were developed, although FM broadcasts were also meant for cheap low-fi radios. Fortunately, there were no short-sighted people out there decrying the wasted spectrum, given that radios of the day could barely reach 4000 Hz and 30 dB of dynamic range. LPs were developed at the same time as FM radio, to about the same level of audio performance. Even though most record players of the day were unable to extract the best quality from early LPs. In fact, to hide the effect of dirt and scratches, many 78 RPM record players deliberately filtered anything above around 5000 Hz. And early LPs were played through these same compromised sound systems. CDs were developed with uncompressed encoding. Although some golden ears objected to the sound from early players especially, the sampling rate was chosen to match human hearing (out to 20 KHz), and the word length to match the practical limits of dynamic range (96 dB, which, in the presence of background noise in even a very quiet home, will challenge human ears to the point of damage). CDs were not "optimized" to some arbitrary boom box level of performance. All of the above examples were clearly standards aimed to satisfy the very best equipment, *but* these media were also designed to be interoperable with the cheapest of consumer audio equipment. The audio standards for FM, LPs, and CDs were aimed to meet human sensory capability, not the lower capabilities of cheaper consumer products. There's no reason why TV standards should be written to anything less. Aim for the best, make the standard signal-compatible with affordable consumer products, but without constraining yourself to the playback limits of today's products. Even 100" screens are not out of the question for homes in the future. As to standards like DVD-A, which you brought up, I might equate that with UHDTV. It is perhaps not enough better than an existing standard to cause consumers to jump. With 1080 HDTV, it's likely that UHDTV won't be seen as a big enough improvement, even for wall-sized screens. Bert ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.