Originally Posted by Ranger
well I have a dilemma...I am currently watching on a 34xbr960 in my den. I am thinking of getting the 151 for 3.5Gs (after MHT 12% coupon) for my upstairs bonus room. On the other hand, for the same 3.5Gs I can get a 500M to replace my 960 AND a Panny AE4000 for the bonus room. I can't decide which way to go. What would you guys do ?
Yeah, unless your viewing is (or will be) highly skewed towards the plasma, I'd go the 500M/AE4000 route.
Do you have a projector currently? If not, you may want to purchase that first and see how your viewing pattern shakes out. OTOH, the 500M's may not be available for much longer. Also, if you don't have a second audio setup and either a second video source setup or means to distribute your existing sources, you'll need to budget for those, of course.
I've been using a combo of a Sony KV-30HS420 and an Infocus SP7210. I just got a 500M, myself, but its been sitting in the box while I finish up some remodeling (I can't trust myself not to spend precious drywalling/painting/wire running time watching movies and playing 360
). I really appreciate having a cheap, reliable direct-view set for miscellaneous viewing during the day and then the projector for quality viewing later at night. The 500M adds a third option in between the two that I think will see a lot of use. The Sony will be moved to my den.
Also, there's no comparison between a 100" screen and a 60" screen. Even though no projector I'm aware of can match the Kuros in many respects, there's something about the big screen and "feel" of projection that really transcends any relative lack in terms of contrast or color fidelity, though, by all accounts, the AE4000 excels in these areas.
I'm a big CRT/Plasma/DLP guy when it comes to display technologies, but the AE4000 is the first LCD projector that I feel like I'd really like to demo and put through its paces. Panasonic seems to have put a lot of work into improving the performance and featureset, year after year. Its pretty clever, when you think about it, to just take a proven chassis/design and try to wring more performance out of it with every revision. This is something that doesn't seem to be happening when it comes to DLP projectors, right now. Infocus had been on that track, for a while, but they seemed to have lost their way a bit recently and fallen behind in terms of performance.
I say go for it. IMO, you'll never miss those 10" when you can go in the next room and get 100" or more (that's what she said).