Originally Posted by assJack1
I am really amazed by this discussion. I have tremendous respect for kenross and MarkRubin, but I think their concerns are a bit too much.
I'm first in the camp in waiting for HDMI v1.3, and think that is why Panny is releasing their display in the fall. But that is already being addressed- Silicon Optics just made various press releases at CES for their nextGen HDMI chips. Other than that I really don't see any major issues (e.g. cable card, etc.). BR is abou to a make a beach head and its been demoed doing 1080p60. Of course I do not expect to ever really see any 1080p OTA/Cable broadcast.
Ken and I have spent hours discussing this and I did not agree with him at first: I was taken with my new Sharp LC-45 which Ken dislikes: he prefers the Bravia 720p resolution series
What led me to start the thread is not that I don't think 1080p displays are the future, but to warn about the terrible state of source material and the HDMI interface issue
Based on your post, you seem to confirm this: HDMI 1.3 may indeed fix the interface issue: but I say wait until you can buy a display with HDMI 1.3 because all of its features and fixes will likely not be backward compatible
and with regard to source material, there surely is great potential for more 1080 sources but you will not see much of that in 2006 in my opinion
what I am looking for is true 1080 source material: I would be happy with true 1080i source material if I could get it: and by that I mean not scaled, not compressed, not down rezzed in any way, and with a powerful deinterlacer that did not throw away half the source: many of the newest 2006 displays still may not pass the deinterlacing test
My caution covers what I see coming for 2006: new first gen displays that may not look good because of limits of source material and first gen HDMI interfaces that need work
So if you are looking to buy a display, keep these limitations in mind