Originally Posted by briandx
Otto J: I'm not sure what you mean by your statement that sometimes you are giving away picture quality to go with 1080p.
If mean going with a 1080p vs. 720p unit, based on my observations the only thing I'm giving away by going to 1080p is additional bucks out of my wallet!
What I mean is: Now that you're shelling out additional bucks, should you go with a more expensive 720P projector, or go with a 1080P projector?
Say you look at a single-chip 720P at $2000. You then decide to shell out $4000 instead. What is best: Buy a 1080P LCD, or buy a more expensive 720P DLP (say, the Samsung SPH 710)? It will obviously still be a matter of personal preference, but at a given price point, since 1080P is generally more expensive (why else should you be giving additional bucks out of your wallet?), there must have been cut corners somewhere, to make 1080P possible at this higher price point, compared to 720P at the same price point.
I understand your point that you are willing to pay a premium to get 1080P, but why is it okay to pay e.g. double the price, for getting 1080P instead of 720P, all else being equal, but not okay to pay double the price for getting "just" a better 720P? 720P is available at, what, $30k? (i'm not familiar with us pricing). That means that at any given price point, you will still have to make a decision on whether to for 1080P, or "settle" with 720P to gain other qualities. Say you wish to spend $20k. That will buy you a _really_ good single-chip 1080P DLP, but not a 3-chip 1080P. For the same money, you can buy a 720P 3-chip. So, which do you choose?