Originally Posted by BackQuack
The current models have this feature also, it's called Virtual HD and will convert any input (other than HDMI) to 1080i or 540p. Just an FYI for those deciding between the two series. So far, after 2 months, I'm very happy with my 51F710A.
I have the 51M200 and with HDMI to DVI I have the option for 540P or 1080I when a 480I or 480P signal is sent to the tv. right now I have the H20 (directv reciever) set to 480I HDMI out od SD material and the SD picture is really impressive. Hd at 1080I is really nice...of course.
Factory settings are horrible....out of the box you'll want to turn down contrast, sharpness, brightness,etc. turn off Black and edge enhancement. And many other tweeks. has nice stretch modes for 4:3 material (4:3 expanded is pretty good with "plumpiness" not noticable in the screen's center.
my previous HDTV died so I had to buy something asap.
For $999 delivered, I wanted to get something to last for 2-4 years when this 1080P stuff all shakes out.
I think for rear projection CRT's the Mits, Hitachi's and Toshiba's are your best bets. i went with the Hitachi's after extensive research and $$$$...I wanted the Mits, but the "same" TV was about $500-$600 more.