by Douglas Spotted Eagle Maybe this'll help... 1080p monitors are hitting the market like a spring tornado in Kansas; videographers and editors must now consider the display on which their clients and viewers will be watching finished video productions. Although there are a number of plasma , rear projection, and LCD monitors in the consumer market already, fewer than 15% of the public have made a purchase of hi-def displays, if market reports are accurate. Prices of 1080 monitors are dropping from the $20,000.00 range to the $4,000.00 retail price range, and it's quite likely the industry will see a glut of consumer purchases this holiday season. Street prices of course, will be even lower. And given the market proclivity for DVD 's, HD-gaming, and the advent of Blu-Ray, there is a very good likelihood that those purchases will be 1080-capable monitors. There are those that will argue that 720 is the affordable standard, and there are those that will argue with equal passion that the consumer will be acquiring their displays in the near future, when the majority of displays will be 1080-capable. Additionally, the 1080 side of the argument will submit that 720 was an intermediate format, as opposed to a visually better, higher quality format available today. 1080 proponents will argue that we've surpassed the need for 720p. I don't know that I'd agree with that, but both 1080 and 720p have merit, and we'll look at attributes of both further on.