Originally Posted by AlanBuck
No doubt the XBR2 is 'better'. It is also pricier. Do you need cable card or picture in picture? Do you prefer the slimmer cabinet of the A-2000, or the wider design on the XBR2? As for PQ, there probably is not a 'lot' of difference. The XBR2 might do standard def a bit better. Mostly splitting hairs though IMHO. My theory is don't buy top-of-the-line if you can avoid it. These things are evolving rapidly, and prices are falling rapidly. I feel the A-2000 is the sweet spot of performance vs. cost.
Thanks, again. One last question to you, Dave, or anyone else -- a conversation with a co-worker today about DLP HDTV's 60 inches or bigger netted this comment. "From a viewing distance of eight feet or more, you won't be able to tell the difference in picture quality between a 720p set and a 1080p set that size."
In other words, he suggested I buy a much less expensive 720p (or, he said, 1080i) set because at that screen size and with a viewing distance of about nine feet, I won't see any real difference in picture quality. Does that sound right? Should I save potentially thousands of dollars by going to a set with 720p or 1080i capability instead of 1080p? Again, I'll mostly be watching movies, with HD DVD the preferred format.