So, we head into the local Mitsubishi Plat+/Diamond store Sunday after raking leaves, I'm all pumped and ready to sign. I take my wife and 4-year old son back to the HD RPTV display area, and one of the 55" Platinums is gone, probably found a new home. No problem, the remaining set is the WS-55819, the one we're looking for. A Sony Progressive 5-disk DVD player (sorry, didn't get the model #) has got Bedazzled playing, and the picture looks like crap. It's the locker room scene, and it doesn't help that Brendan Fraser is looking inside his towel and cursing up a storm!
Luckily, they had Stuart Little, a more appropriate disk, as well as one we're familiar with. I start it up, and again, the picture looks like crap. Either the scaling is for crap, all blocking and chocked full of jaggies, or being a progressive player, this is what we would see all the time from a new DVD player hooked up to the Mits.
The salesman I was talking to earlier in the week isn't there, and the two that were there were either a) trying to fit a 12 ft^3 subwoofer enclosure in a 15 ft^3 trunk, or b) didn't know enough about the TVs to help. Either way, I wasn't about to sign anything, a rare moment in our HDTV adventure where we were both in complete agreement!
So, we're back to square one. Next stop will be to show my wife the Philips 34" and 30" sets over at C.C. If she likes it, we'll have her dad order it for us from the employee store. Or, if I can find a Toshiba 34HF81 on display anywhere, we'll check that out.