Yes, spitz - 8 bills is an amazing deal, especially considering the fact that for many users, the Edge will do the same thing as the $3K VP50pro.
Do you need one, or will it help? Your call, really. If you're pretty much happy with what you have, or if your current plasma has excellent onboard processing, you likely won't perceive an 800 dollar improvement.
How can I say that? Simple - people are different. I took my folks out to pickup a 50" plasma yesterday. They chose the 720p Panny because it looked as good or better than the 1080p Panny. They were quite happy putting the $400 dollar savings in their pocket.
I love what the Edge does for me; but I'm feeding it into a crt projector that has no
onboard scaling or processing. I need
What do your dvds look like now? Near BD quality? if so, then you can probably skip the Edge. Again, on my system where the Edge is the only processing, the Edge improves good (high bitrate encoded) dvds to near BD quality, on my 10' wide screen. It also helps immensely on good
SD tv broadcasts. But if your plasma already has good onboard processing, you may not think the difference is worthwhile.
If that is the case, then the last feature you might consider is the HDMI switching offered by the Edge....if you need a switcher, than you can view the Edge as a switcher, and figure you are getting the processing as an added low-cost bonus.