Hey Folks, As the topic says I am going to move into the world of LARGE Plasma. I am fairly certain that I am going to go with the NEC 61MP1 61" 16:9 Plasma Display. Comming from a 4:3 61" NTSC RPTV (ABCDEFG?) What exactly should I be on look for? What is a good Contrast Ratio to shoot for? What all formats should I be concerned about? Will this thing last me at least a Decade? This is a fairly high dollar purchase in my opinion and the only way I can justify shelling out 10 grand is to say that this will be a long term investment in my hapiness So will it last 10 or more years? I will need a better DVD Player I know that much.. So After I sell my RPTV I will invest in a good Progressive Scan player to go along with the new set. *From NEC's Web Site* With an enormous 61" screen, the 61MP1 provides a previously unheard of plasma monitor size while maintaining an exceptional picture quality of 16:9 XGA native resolution. Assisting the 61MP1's 1365x768 WideXGA native resolution are Advanced AccuBlend Technology and NEC's exclusive Capsulated Color Filter Technology, producing superior color saturation, contrast, depth, picture quality and the purest shade of red yet possible in a plasma display. And for computer sources, a scan converter with an Optimum Conversion process for signals up to UXGA is included. In addition, a 3-2 pull down converter and a motion-compensated 3D scan converter deliver smooth, lifelike displays of video content while Advanced Mass Area Sampling straightens diagonal lines and reproduces curved lines more smoothly. NEC's AccuShield Phosphor Protection System, an Inverse RGB, Pixel Orbiter and Brightness Limiter modes help alleviate the possibility of phosphor burn. The 61MP1 also includes an internal 7-Watt stereo audio amplifier, external speaker jacks and optional external speakers that can attach to the sides of the monitor. Advanced display features also include a digital 9x zoom and a split screen option for a variety of simultaneous displays of multiple sources. Split screen also allows you to display 1024x768 XGA sources in their standard 4:3 aspect ratio. And flexible mounting configurations let you use the 61MP1 in both horizontal and vertical positions. ---------------------------------------------------------- Model Number PX-61XM1A Diagonal Screen Size 61" Vertical Frequency Range 50 to 120 Hz auto, step scan Screen Aspect Ratio 16 to 9 Active Screen Area 1351 x 760 mm Native Pixel Resolution 1365 vertical dots x 768 horizontal rows Pixel Pitch .99 mm square Output Color 256 RGB levels, 16.7 million colors Viewing Angle 160 degrees Weight without tabletop stand 61 kg, 134.5 lbs. Included Accessories AC Power Cord, User Manual, Remote Control, Remote Control Cable, 15-pin RGB Cable, Batteries Optional Accessories Tabletop Stand: PX-61XM1U-ST Attachable Speakers: PX-61XM1U-S1 61" Fixed Wall Mount: 61FWMK 61" Tilt Wall Mount: 61TWMK 61" Ceiling Mount: 61CMK Horizontal Frequency Range 15.5 to 93.8 kHz auto, step scan PC Signal Compatibility VGA: 640x480 @ 60,72,75,85,100, 120 Hz SVGA: 800x600 @ 56, 60, 72,75,85,100,120 Hz XGA: 1024x768 @ 60,70,75, 85, 100 Hz SXGA: 1280x1024 @ 60, 75, 85 Hz UXGA: 1600x1200 @ 60, 65, 70, 75 Hz WideVGA: 848x480, 852 x 480 @ 60Hz WideXGA: 1360 x 768 @60Hz Macintosh Compatibility 640x480, 832x624, 1024x768, 1152x870 Input Terminals RGB 1 (analog): 15-pin mini D-sub RGB 2 (analog): 5 BNC (RGB/HV) RGB 3 (digital): 29-pin DVI (digital only) Video 1: Composite RCA x 1 Video 2: Composite BNC x 1 Video 3: S-Video 4-Pin DIN HD Video 1: 1 set RCA Component (Y,Pb,Pr/Y,Cb,Cr) HD Video 2: 1 set BNC Component (Y,Pb,Pr/Y,Cb,Cr) Audio: 3 sets RCA stereo + external speaker jacks Audio Internal amplifier, 7W x 2 output power OSM Contrast, brightness, sharpness, color, tint, color temperature, picture mode, noise reduction, bass, treble, balance, vertical position, horizontal position, fine picture, picture adjust, auto picture, power management, RGB select, BNC select, HD select, OSM adjstment, gray level, PLE, reset, frequency, language, color system External Controls 9-pin mini D-Sub, RS232 User Controls Direct Access: Power on/off, input selection, OSM access, (Control Lock Switch located on input panel) Remote Control: Power on/off, input select, volume, mute, wide, display, off-timer, OSM control, cursor, pointer, zoom, split screen, auto, select Power Requirments 120V 50/60 Hz Power Consumption 660 W Typical, 6.9 Amp Maximum Plug and Play DDC1, DDC2B (RGB3 is DDC2B only) Dimensions (WxHxD) w/o base 1480 x 890 x 119mm, 58.3 x 35 x 4.7 inches Warranty 1 Year Parts & Labor Standard Environmental Considerations Operating Humidity: 20 - 80% Operating Temperature: 32 - 95 degrees F Storage Humidity: 10 - 90% Storage Temperature: 14 - 122 degrees F Contrast Ratio (set) 700 to 1 Regulatory FCC Classs A, UL1950, , CSA950 HD Video Signal Compatibility 480p 480i, 525p, 525i, , 540p, 625p, 625i, 720p, 1035i, 1080i Capsulated Color Filter Yes Carton Dimensions 65.0" x 21.3" x 41.2" Gross Weight 176.4 lbs. Video Signal Compatibility NTSC, PAL, SECAM, 3.58/4.43 NTSC ----------------------------------------------------------- Opinions? Options? Any information will be GREATLY appreciated! And thank you in advance!