Originally Posted by evan1229
I am so so so close to pullng the trigger oow. Randy helped me a few pages back on viewing d istances and all. I'm about 8-9 feet away and thinking of 58'' Panny 600U and 50 inch Panny 77u and 700U (for 1080P).
How does the 77U do on Blu-Ray and HD-DVD. Is it nearly as awesome as it looks in BB and Tweeter on 700u? 700U looks just as good as the 9K Pioneer Elite PRO-HD1, which is now going for $6K in my local Tweeter.
I am so confused and have to make a decision within next two weeks on my set. I think 50 is big enough, though I'm coming out of a 65-inch Mitsu rear projection. The new stuff is just so much sharper.
Does the 77U accept 1080P signals and downconvert them?
While 58" is significantly larger than 50" (area), either will work well at you viewing distance. The 58" does produce for me a lot more impact, that big-screen look.
The 700u, however, brings in a whole different set of considerations. To begin with, a 1080p display will allow you to scoot up close and still enjoy a sharp picture without SDE so you can really get that wide-angle theater-like experience when you want. Great for action movies and other stuff that a big theater screen enhances.
Perhaps more important though is a 1080p display's ability in many instances to show a picture using less processing and in many cases showing a signal in 1:1. 1:1 mapping is a very powerful contributor to PQ regardless of the viewing distance. With the emergence of HQV-level processors now in players and soon in receivers, more source signals will become available to the display in 1080p format. The ability of a display to show these "as is" without further scaling will really take PQ to a new level.
I don't know the details on the 700u's ability to accept and display various 1080p signals, for instance 1080p/24 vs 1080p/60, but if it can accept both and allow 1:1 via HDMI, then I would carefully consider this.
Of course one delima is that 1080p makes even more sense, for other than processing reasons, the larger the screen. But when you combine high resolution with size you get $$$. At least Panny has come out with sane prices as compared to last year's Pioneer and hopefully they too will drop fast between now and end of the year.