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I am with you Ohlson, on this one...
Last October i got really lucky and managed to "snag" a store-demo / like-new Runco Q-750D LED projector for less than 1/3 of msrp and i am very/very pleased with it, not withstanding its size and weight.
About one week after my purchase i walked into my local BestBuy/Magnolia store and there is a well-calibrated Sharp 80" LCD HDTV on display; I was mesmerized, i couldn't get my eyes off that sharp/bright picture, the excellent brightness and contrast levels, the overall image size, the fact that i had to move my eyes to within inches of the screen to see any pixel structure, etc; I just stood there literally frozen, thinking of the implications that for less than $5,000.00 i could bring home a 80" LCD HDTV, pluck it in place, calibrate it and enjoy such huge sized image as if i were using any other standard size TV without any worries concerning lamp replacement and all its incumbent maintenance problems.
Granted that i had waited for so long to buy a HDTV LED projector such as my Runco for those same reasons but i must say that i began to wonder if i had made the right decision after seeing that Sharp 80" picture, especially considering that in my case the largest size for a projection screen that i can fit properly in my HT room is at most 92" diagonal.
I am now unsure if i should consider spending another $1,000 ~ $1.500 for a new replacement projection screen to go with my Runco LED pj, OR, wait until this Fall when LG is scheduled to release its flagship 84" LCD HDTV with native 4k resolution (hopefully, LED backlght with full local-dimming) and then make my final decision as to whether i should sell the Runco pj and get the LG instead.
I imagine this LG 84" LCD HDTV will have a msrp of around $9.999,00 to go against the Sharp Elite 70" with a msrp of $8.500,00, but hopefully it will retail for less than that.
The only thing that made me feel better on my way home after that visit to BestBuy/Magnolia and seeing in person that 80" LCD image was the thought of how incredibly difficult it would be to re-package, move out of the room and ship that humongous box if the LCD panel ever needed repairs or if it came with too many stuck pixels that might require replacement, UGH...
IF you haven't seen that humongous 80" HDTV LCD image and are a videophile you owe it to yourself to do so; You might be shocked, surprised and mesmerized, just like i was...