In reference to my YADPLQ thread, I'm pretty much abandoning my DLP approach for my home theater. To refresh the basic scenario: Existing TV is 40" RPCRT, Toshiba TW40x81 10x16 room in basement, so plenty dark Seating position is 8' if using a RP unit, 9' or more if a flat screen Have external tuners and sound, so a monitor-only situation is not out of the question (and preferable in some ways). What started the DLP thread was the tempting prospect of being able to jump to a 50" screen for less than $1500, and my threshold of pain starts to get crossed at around $2000. I've mostly been looking at the Panasonic lineup initially. I can comfortably afford a 720p 50" panel (TH-50PX80U, $1400 delivered). The THX recommendations show that at 9', I theoretically won't miss 1080p on a 50" display. Two things keep me from pulling the trigger on that: Going from 40" to 50" is a decent jump, but I'm tempted to do the next size up to avoid this being an interim upgrade. While 720p is probably fine, I still have that nagging concern about future proofing. The Panasonic lineup has three options for doing better than the 720 50" panel: Add 1080p (TH-50PZ700U, $1950 delivered) Go up to 58" (TH-58PH10UKA, $2230 delivered) Break the bank with both 58" and 1080p (TH 58PZ750U, $3300 delivered) I've all but discounted the first option---it's in striking range of going to the next size up, and it's really unclear that 50"/1080p at 9' is a tangible advantage. The second option is tempting---just over my threshold of pain, but having a 58" screen would be really sweet. But, alas, it's only 720p. The THX guide shows that I would be in the grey zone where 1080p would be an advantage for 58" at 9'. As previously stated, I have no problem trading a built-in tuner for some of the pro features (and competitive price). The last option has everything going for it, except of course the price. So... here are some questions I'm pondering: I notice that among the units I'm considering, going up to 1080p has a tradeoff of reducing contrast from 1:10000 to 1:5000. What's up with that? A potential issue to be concerned about? Given the parameters, is there something in another brand I'm missing? Any deal-breaker problems with the units I've listed? Am I sweating the 720p problem too much at 58"? Any clues as to how soft the market will get in the next 6-12 months? If history is any guide, I would expect my 58"/1080p dream panel to drop towards $2500 by the holiday season. Am I kidding myself?