- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
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?