Originally Posted by Driver
For Sony products a good source is Austin DEI (Digital Entertainment Solutions) They're in the book. he's a small custom installer but he beat Fry's price by a HUGE margin on my 70" XBR950. Jeff is the guy to talk to (owner).
As far as the OTA vs. Cable differences on that small a HD set I doubt if it's possible to tell any major differences with a HD signal from a normal seating distance on a less than 50" set.
One thing I would consider though is that you look at the direct view 40" LCD Sony has. It'll fit in more places (better wife acceptance factor) and it won't cost you a $3-400 bulb every 1-2 years like a rear projection set will. The bulb should always be considered in the cost of a rear projection set.
I'm a little confused, direct view LCD? I thought direct view was more or less a fancy way of saying CRT/tube display? Are we just talking about a standard LCD? My concern there lies in the response time of large (compared to computer) LCDs. I want this set for playing Xbox 360, HDTV, and DVDs. I felt like LCD rear projection was one of the better setups for this. In all honesty, no new tech short of OLED, SED, FED (ie anything out yet) is really suited well for gaming.
Then, all that said, LCDs do have bulbs, and they do burn out. My boss has a Philips LCD, 40" or so I think, and he just had to replace his bulb after a few short years.
I'm pretty content with what I am getting, but appreciate any other advice/info you might have.
It's funny that you list that Austin DEI, I did a google local search for "television wholesale austin texas", hoping to find some nationwide reseller that happened to be local. That was the first thing listed, but the rest all seemed like bogus hits for television production equipment, etc. I'll have to give them a call/go by and see them, thanks!
EDIT: I see, direct view just means, as opposed to CRT RP, LCD RP, where the imaging component is not projecting it onto something else, makes sense.