Just swapped out from a Mitsu 55511 to the 507W. I didn't like the lack of DVI input on the Mitsu. Also, I couldn't take my eyes of the DLP units whenever I was in the shops locally. The clarity over the other RPTV's was astounding.
Then they knocked another $400 off the price for me, and that made it an easy swap within my 30 days buy it/try it from Ultimate Electronics.
The set just came in yesterday...I currently do not have ANY HD viewing. I've got a DTV TIVO and a Go-Video player.
I'm not a overly discerning viewer, as I actually felt most of the SD coming from DTV yesterday was fine on this set. My living room is subject to a lot of natural light, and this set is hands down better than the Mitsu in bright light.
I was just about to plunk some cash down on a Progressive Scan DVD player, until I happened upon Arun's write-up which said stick w/ Interlaced DVD until you can get a DVI DVD unit. Thanks Arun, great write-up!
1. Rather than getting a HD DTV STB now, I wanted to wait until the HD DTV TIVO's come out at year's end. So that leaves me w/ OTA for some HD NFL viewing this Fall, I guess? But if I get an attic antennae for OTA...I still need a HD STB for that, correct? So, I'm screwed out of waiting for HD TIVO if I want HD NFL, right?
2. Do I need to enter the SM to get my version? Will that tell me if discretes are available or not yet? Or is it confirmed the 50" does not/will not have discretes available?
Only one day of standard def watching, but I'm happy so far...and I imagine it will only get better with a little cash expenditure.
I think my wife is fine w/ SD viewing for the most part. We both want great DVD viewing, and I'll want HD NFL when possible. As NFL is just around the corner, I think I'll have to look into HD STB for DTV and a good attic attennae. Then, I would think about upgrading the DVD to DVI, but the single DVI input will then be taken up by the STB. I swapped up for DVI input, but I already see that having just one DVI input is going to be very limiting in the next year!