Not even a question. I will buy the Elite or the Panasonic...
I hope OLED is the display we all think it will be and in two or three years I bet it will be but I read these threads and you would think the current crop of high-end sets all suck and are unwatchable.
Maybe I am more an audiophile then a videophile and my audio set-up investment is extreme(7 to 8 70 Elites in cost) and done thank gosh (and I hate anyword with phile in it
) but I just don't see how anyone could not find a set to be pleased with be it Plasma or LED.
I think we are at a path now (and for me only) that size does matter. I started with a 34 inch Sony XBR960 HD tube, then moved up to a Pioneer 5071 and then finally my last was a Sony 55 XBR8. All great sets and I personally have enjoyed the Sony but 55 inch just doesn't do it anymore especially if you have a substantial investment in the audio side and anchor it with a 55 inch display. It doesn't make for a thrilling HT set-up IMO (I have no room for projection).
The new OLED sets may bring tears to my eyes when I see them then they will bring tears to my eyes again as they are only 55 inches.. (but that's a great place to start).
Sharp really knew what they were doing when they brought a 70 and 80 inch display and to these eyes seems like the new perfect size for a non-dedicated home theater... I think it was a perfect preemptive strike on their behalf. (maybe while they figure out the OLED landscape). They knew what was coming and this was a perfect move.
I am sure there are many like me who might spend in this range but not for a 55 inch display. I think Sharp will get my money this May. Time to bring the size and quality of my display to match the audio side..
Maybe my display after this one will be an 80 inch Sharp OLED
Can't believe I can even discuss putting a 70 inch display in my room at this time. Wasn't long ago all I could afford was that 34 XBR960 HD CRT as the 42 inch Plasmas were still like $8K or something like that. Maybe the best are still in that range but picture quality and size are now stunning.