Originally Posted by Old Fogey
Define "that much"? Actually, I don't think that it's necessarily better at all. Changes are minor (chip size and iris control) and may or may not be improvements. I agree with you that the larger screen is the difference worth noting. I wouldn't be that concerned about the width of the set relative to the entertainment center's available space. Air to cool the set is drawn from the rear primarily and heat from the set rises. You want to provide some space above the set and open the back of the enclosure so that the system can breathe. The Sony manual suggests 12" clear above the set, but that assumes that the overhead cover and wall in back of the set are joined, closing off any exit path for the heated air. If you can open the back of the furniture and pull it out from the wall a few inches to provide ventilation, you can go with the larger screen even if space around it viewed from the front is relatively confined.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Exactly the piece of logic I was hoping to find here.
On another note, my wife and I were shopping around the other day and looked at a place that had the 42" on floor. She didn't like it as much as the newer 46" for some reason -- fine with me. Of course the sales guy was clueless when I asked about the E2000 or when he would have some.