So far, it appears, the only thing your missing is the big empty place in your wallet where a bunch of money used to be.
NOTE: There are no facts to follow in this reply.
Tweaking every little bit of performance out of our gear seems to be an, across the board, quest. Contentment (happiness) seems to last only as long as it takes for us to learn of something newer, better, bigger, faster. Happiness takes a powder.
I find myself in a similar position. My "Dream Screen" (perf. Stewart w/ THX stamp of good viewing) would run $2,700. plus left arm. Might as well cost 9 million. We have a obsurdity meter hidden in the bedroomn clg., above the bed, that we go by here. It clips at a few hundred bucks for this issue of, "What's our final screen?".
At present, we have a sheet of hardend masonite nicely framed in the wall. (Unpainted, slick as snot, shiney side out. Thanks a lot KBK! Can I get some paint yet?) It has a WOW factor (similar to Curb appeal) of 8. The Optimal performance factor is (still not truely known) probably in the .178 range. I know I am missing out! Yet we are happy in the meanwhile.
Shirley, your "Stryo-Vision" is less then ideal.
But, and heres my point (if I ever had one): We are missing out on 15 pounds of performance (when tweaked out add 3 more ounces), of improved colour rendering, visual depth and clarity, image detail sharpness, black levels, brightness, and for non-perforated screens we lack the ability to place speakers in the ideal location. You name it we're missing out on it, across the board. As to what that difference is worth...?
There are valid reasons someone spends $3,000.00 more on something then the next guy. If MY peepers can detect this difference is another matter. (I had trouble this AM distingushing the coffee maker) So, purist, rich, zealot, or fool...somewhere inbetween or any combination there of, where do you fit in? How disappointing was the expectation of an improved image after painting the styro?
There is a value to being happy with your "10 buck stop gap". I am hoping you get to enjoy it some more until some factual info pops up and you can make an appropriate upgrade IF SO DESIRED!
"The backside of the barn is an upgrade from what I started with". jdb
[This message has been edited by jdb (edited 10-02-2000).]