That was a very good post. I think your conclusions are spot on. I have been having a heated debate with myself over a new display. I am moving into my newly constructed home on September 10th and have had a hell of a time picking a replacement for my 65" Mitsubishi 1080i RPTV.
I really want the TV as soon as I move in because there really is no room for the massive Mits in my nice new living room, and football season will be upon us. This led me to a couple displays:
Pioneer 6070 - 768p 60" Plasma
Sony KDS-60A2000 - 1080p 60" SXRD RPTV
Panasonic TH-65PX600 - 1080P 65" plasma
The sony is great but I want a wall mount, I dig plasma's 3d image quality and viewing angle is kind of important.
That leaves the two plasma's, and the panasonic is vaporware at the moment. There is no definitive answer to when it will be out and what it will be priced like.
My wife has freaked out that I want to spend more than $5000 on a TV but I reminded her how much the new counter tops and stainless steel appliances she just had to have costed
However, I don't know if I could push that to $8000 like the panny is supposed to cost.
So really that leaves me with a 768p 60" plasma TV. Is that ok?
Well yeah, I will not be getting hd-DVD or BluRay until the war is over, and there arent any cox cable channels that will be broadcast in 1080p any time soon. Finally, in 4 years when SED is mainstream I will get a new TV anyway.
Brightly lit with indirect sunlight (side windows)
9-11 feet away from screen
Pre Wired with HDMI, Component and inset wall plug for plasma
30% DVD movies
30% SD programming (including OnDemand)
30% HD programming