My wife started my quest for a new TV by suggesting we move our 27" CRT up to the kids' family room because the 19"CRT up there is on its last legs. That was 3 months ago, and during that 3 months I've finally decided:
-it'll definitely be a 50" vs. 42"
-I don't care for the looks of the 50u, or it would be on my wall already, because of th rave reviews it gets. Since the HP 50" is basically a Panny, I'm looking very closely at it, because its bezel is all black and it seems to offer quite a bit in the way of features and price.
-I've ruled out any silver bezels and most other models except for the Pios and Pannys.
I'd love to do what you did and go ahead and get the 5060. I love the aesthtics and the media center. My wife is now saying things like "just buy one already", whearas before she was real concerned with what it looked like and how much it cost! I've pretty much wore her down with my indecision!
My reluctance on the 5060 are things I've read and observations I've made regarding PQ. I REALLY want this display to handle SD material well. We only have 2 local HD channels so far, and a lot of the Dish content we watch isn't going to be HD for some time. The few times I've seen the 5060, I actually noticed "jaggies" on graphics and text elements that I didn't see quite as prominently on the adjacent 50" plasmas. I was standing at a distance of about 8 or 9 feet. One of those was a new Zenith model (priced at a full 2k less!!) and those elements looked much "smoother", een when I got just a few feet away. Is the Pio scaler or deinterlacer inferior to other sets? Or could it be that the Pios at BB are set improperly to the point of making its PQ less than it actually can be? Maybe they have the sharpness cranked or something?
Because my other two options are pretty good also (the HP, and the 8UK) I really want to believe that the Pio is the best way to go before getting it.
Originally Posted by Toadkiller
Well I finally finally made the jump and bought the pio 5060 today. I have been sitting on the fence for a long while now and finally just made the plunge. I should get it on friday and right now I am sort of in a shock/coma. My wife never thought I would make a decision and just buy one already.