Hola, it would seem I may soon have the opportunity to get myself a nice TV to replace the 40" Sony KDL BX450 LCD I'm currently using. It's a general purpose computer monitor/media center/gaming screen. I looked around and found that my best bet for picture quality + price per inch in my price range is a 60" Panasonic ST60... seems like it would be adequately large for across room computer use (approximately 13' across the room), but I've also had great interest in owning a projector for years. The screen is on anywhere from 6-16 hours a day, so I need something that can handle long sessions and not cost an additional $300 a year in bulbs (an LED setup should last somewhere around 4-6 years under those conditions, as I understand). I looked into LED lit projectors a bit last year and saw little of interest. This year I'm seeing lots of 1080p laser/led models coming out, wondering if any of them offer reasonable 1080p performance for $2k or less (preferably $1500 or less, as that is the approximate cost of the P60ST60)? I'm also seeing some relatively highly reviewed 720p projectors for under $700, very tempting for a projector I don't have to change bulbs in, so let me know which ones to look at..
Anyone with PC projection experience care to enlighten me as to regrets, warnings, etc on either 720p or 1080p LED/laser (hybrid or otherwise) driven models? Half my issue right now is that I can barely read text on my screen due to the relatively small size of the screen, and while I do love me some plasma quality, dropping enough money to buy a car on a screen that isn't the size of my wall (or close enough to it, the "projection area" is approximately 140", I might use 100"-120" of it) would take me outside my comfort zone. Sorta the point of the money, I suppose, but even at 720p the prospect of a 100" screen makes me smile.
Overall picture quality is important, but anything roughly on par with this set would do (seems easy enough, it's a budget 2012 LCD). 3D isn't important, but if it exists I will likely spring for a set of glasses to test it out. The lighting in the room is moderate during the day, almost pitch black at night, so I believe LED should be bright enough even during the day, and I can/will do some light control as needed. I'm not a serious twitch gamer, so even 720p is adequate for many of my games, making the PA75U and it's ilk very attractive options.
I've looked at many options in my price range... there are many decent bulb projectors available in my range but the need for replacement bulbs is troublesome, so the quality to cost ratio compared to LED would have to be significant. LED LCD TVs were an option, in the price range I'm looking at 70", but that somehow seems "too large" and simultaneously not large enough at the same time, if you get me. That leaves plasma TV and LED driven projectors, which has led me here.
I may be wrong, and it could turn out that I can get a damn fine bulb projector + 5 years of replacement bulbs for the price of a mediocre LED projector. Let me know if that's the case, I may reconsider. My research suggests that the difference in quality would be negligible compared to the significant bump in screen real estate, given the distance to the screen and my less than perfect eyesight, regardless of the projector.
Side note, if I get something for under $1000 I might spring for a receiver, as mine only supports Pro Logic II as a surround standard. I have 7 speakers, 4 of which are full range. I can't say with any certainty, but somehow I get the impression that going from a 40" 3 channel setup (the surround channel isn't connected, hardly seemed worth the effort for a shared channel that can't transmit highs or lows) to a 100+" 5 or 7 channel setup might be infinitely more worthwhile even if it means settling for 720p considering the amount of time spent watching video and playing non-twitch games.Let me know what you think, I'd love to here your thoughts, and feel free to recommend nice receivers on the low end that can push around 100w/channel with 12ohms impedance that will support surround sound input from both games and movies on a Windows 7 PC via hdmi... possibly TOSLink..
Sorry for the mile long post, up until a few hours ago I was dead set on the ST60, but now that LED projectors have entered the equation I'm trying to figure out which path would leave me happiest, so thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.