I posted this separately, but will post here as well. The question is really the same for the 500 as it is for the 50.
Short version, through this forum (thanks, btw), Visual Apex has the TH-50PHD7UY with stand and such for about $300 more than what I can get the new 50PX50u for (buddy might upgrade to 65 and sell me his for about $3500). So I guess the real question is, how much better is the new glass and sub-pixel control? As near as I can tell:
Pro for 50/500u: New 8th gen, sub pixel, tuners
Pro for 7UY: Nearly same specs, smaller form factor, no speakers (don't need them), split screen, can put in 2 HDMI inputs (buy separately)
Con for 50u: Bigger form factor, no PIP (not issue on 500), no cablecard (don't care about cablecard until it is 2 way anyway)
Con for 7UY: No sub pixel, no tuners (not a big deal since I always use cab/sat & DVD)
So...now your thoughts? Is PQ close enough between 7UY and 50/500u to make a non issue? Or is the new 8th gen so much better I should either wait for 500u for inputs or get the 50u now?
So, to be (hopefully) clearer...is it better to:
A) (if the 8th gen picture is better) give up PIP & smaller bezel and get 8th gen 50u, or
B) is the picture pretty much the same and if small bezel & PIP are important to me, just get the 7UY?