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Another thread that reminds me how useful AVS can be.
I'm finding myself looking at a house that might me a big reconfig of my HD/home theater setup. After 3-1/2 yrs in a condo, we find ourselves w/ a 'bun in the oven' and may be making an offer on a house we've come across. All great news, but...
The potential new digs has a 1st floor layout that is nice and bright, but the punctuation of the space w/ windows doesn't afford me the nice stretch of wall to accommodate my steel equipment rack which perfectly houses my components and a 55" Sony RP HDTV. So, I'm left w/ the most likely option being the [GASP!] sale of said rack and RPTV sizing down to a 46-50" LCD or Plasma flat panel over the gas fireplace. The house's unfinished basement has some "man cave" potential for a future home theater, but that is down the road a ways, I think. My wife, God bless her, is more upset about the prospects of a smaller screen than I am, but I think a 2007-08 model 1080p upgrade could work out just fine...
So, my big questions are:
1) The choice between LCD and Plasma still makes me scratch my head. The new 1080p Sony Bravia's look good, but I've always wished I had better detail in the blacks than my 2004-era LCD-based RPTV afforded me. But I'd really like the option of a 46" for the space (42" being perhaps too small, and 50" perhaps too big), and I just don't know if Plasma is that much more bang for the buck anymore. For a bright open viewing space, which do folks think is a stronger choice? I.E., is the viewing angle advantage of Plasma that much an issue with the latest sets?
2) Should I run cables for every input or only the ones used...and can you do so to some sort of nice faceplate w/ matching jacks on a nearby wall? I like the idea of being a completist from the start so I don't have to do line-fishing down the line. I would love to have the option to reconfigure to my hearts content by simply shuffling things around in a nearby low-height console that will house my components (only about 10ft from the set).
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