As some of you know I've been 'agonizing' over whether to go with the 141 or 151 (Vashti appreciates THAT!
). A couple of my issues have been somewhat resolved over the last couple of days.
I bought the Samsung OTA tuner to see how it did compared to my built-in tuner on my 150. It received all the same channels, but my biggest issue was if I could get the same result on 720p channels. Although I use FIOS, and its picture is incomparable to all the other services I've had, the STB doesn't allow 'native' output. So I leave it on 1080i all the time.
What I discovered is that by using the 150 to tune to the same OTA 720p channel, I could get a significantly better, crisper picture by letting the 150 perform the upconversion. Fortunately the Samsung provides the same opportunity and the same PQ as the built-in Pioneer tuner. So the tuner issue is gone.
We move on to the USB port. I've been experimenting with my new Pioneer Elite SC-05 receiver and it too has a USB port which is part of its own Home Media Gallery. I've now been able to set the SC-05 to produce the same quality picture within its HMG as I get by inserting the same USB stick into the port on the 150. The only issue is that it doesn't give me the same thumbnail view as the HMG in the 150. Not a deal-breaker.
So that pretty much leaves resale as the only issue. I feel that the resale potential of the 151 will be better than the 141, but I could be wrong. At any rate the playing field has certainly been leveled relative to where it was a few weeks ago.