Did any of you 50px80u owners debate about buying one of the 1080p models? Can you relate how you feel about your final choice? Or perhaps relate about your past experiences with a 50" 720p set.
Background: I am on pre-order for the 46pz80u, and the longer I wait, the more I think about the 50px80u. No other tv models are an option (I am already WAY over what I originally wanted to spend, so the 50" 1080p's, the 46pz85u, and all 42" versions are not options). Overall, I would be saving $250 if I bought the 50px80u instead of the 46pz80u, but I would be gaining screen size and would be able to be happier buying a PS3 on top of it. I sit about 8-9 feet away from the tv and have a love seat that is 7' away for guests. I know at 8 feet I am on the "border" of being able to observe a difference between 720p and 1080p; however, I have never had a plasma (aside from the pz77u I returned after a week due to anti-glare screen), and do not know anyone with plasmas to be able to compare or discuss the situation with. I have compared both sets in B&M stores and can't tell much of a difference on their bad 1080i signal (I could see SDE on the 720p models easier than the 1080p models, but I had to be far closer than I plan on watching the tv to see the SDE). Plus, I am not too concerned with the 15k vs. 20k contrast ratio since I was pretty much pleased with the pz77u's 10k contrast ratio. I will be watching Cox HD cable, playing xbox via HDMI, and will soon have ps3 for bluray.
In the end I am looking for real world experience with the 50" 720p sets at 7+ feet, and if you feel/felt your overall happiness would have increased/decreased from having a 46" 1080p set instead. I know what all the internet reviews and articles say about 720p vs. 1080p, but you guys are incredibly more experienced with plasma sets than I am, and especially more than everyone I have talked to at all B&M stores (who only try to sell LCD's). Thanks for any real world experiences you can provide. Sorry if this post seems like another "make a choice for me" post. I didn't mean for it to be.