I would have expected ease of use to win easily..
But most people on AVS are sticklers about perfection.
Honestly- at this point technology has seemed to exceed my ability to hear so that has taken a back seat.
If I worried about sound quality- my efforts are much better directed in soundproofing, and setting up the room to sound better with proper layout, construction, and application. It's way more effective than just buying better speakers, amps, ect...
I seem to be approaching the area where at 1080p and 12 feet away picture quality is exceeding my ability to see. I see 20/20 with a slight fade every year... seems my prescription for contacts goes one stronger every 18 months or so.
Without a fresh pair- I don't think it could look any better to me.
I will always take ease of use. I would settle for 720p max if it meant my HTPC worked better, easier, simpler, and more reliable.
It's a trade off that I think anyone would make as you go down the ladder of technical ability and knowledge.
ordinary people certainly would prefer it.