Originally Posted by IXinchnail
Okay, I need an opinion or two. I bought a 60" instead of 70" for two reasons. I thought I only had an 8ft viewing distance but now I know it's really 9.5" and the original MSRP even with a 13% discount was out of my comfortable range. With the recent price drop and the now 10% off I can get I can probably swing the 70", which I would really like to have.
Now my dilemma is this; If there's really going to be SED and/or Laser TVs next Xmas for half the price of the XBR2's, it's VERY hard for me to justify spending another $2000. That $2k would pay for my new tv stand, PS3, Wii, games, new receiver and speakers. I would, of course, buy all those things anyway, but I would have $2k more in the bank if I don't upgrade. Are these new technologies going to be for real or is it all hype? I will be happy with my 60", but I would be even happier with a 70"!
Your opinion counts. Upgrade: yay or nay? Feel free to PM so as not to clog the post with my personal junk.
I have pretty much been in your shoes with this exact same decision. I weighed the 60 vs. the 70 for a good few months. I looked at the space in my living room back and forth. In the end, I chose the 70. I have about 12-15 feet distance from the tv...it is going to be delivered this week, at which point I'll know whether I made the right decision. I don't know the answer yet. The payments won't come easy for me, but I have been waiting to jump into HD for awhile now...this is my first HD set. I decided to jump in "all the way"....as I know I'd want to eventually upgrade to a bigger size one day. I didn't want to have the feeling that, although I liked the 60, that I 'could' have gotten the bigger size. Also, when I saw the 70 in the store...I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the picture. I had suspected a drop-off in PQ versus the 60, but if there is a drop-off, the difference is really miniscule. And I can speak from experience, Blu-Ray on this thing is amazing...provided you have a good transfer. Not all Blu-Ray discs are created equal, as with any movie transfer to disc.
My only concern is/was more easily noticing more flaws in the signal, artifacting...pixelation...etc....because the screen is so massive. Will this drive me crazy? Only time will tell. I wish Verizon FIOS was available in my area...because the idea of flawless HD over fiber....with 25+ HD channels...including every HD movie channel out there (not just Showtime and HBO) has me salivating. I can wait.
I think it all depends on your personal preference. Assuming you can afford the tv, think of what your personal viewing habits are. Are you one of those people who like to be closer to the picture....or do you like to be back a distance? I can tell you this, if you like more of a "personal" viewing experience, I wouldn't get the 70. The 70 will give you that movie theater feel, but you really can't be on top of the thing. I know there are people in this thread who seem to be quite comfortable being 9 feet or less from the 70 but I tried that in the store and I was getting a headache.
Regarding waiting for future technologies like SED, etc...I have realized that if you keep waiting for the 'perfect' technology....you'll be waiting till the day you die. Sorry to sound so morbid, but as the saying goes...at some point, you have to jump in. Will SED be the greatest thing in the world? Maybe. But ya know what....I love the image of the XBR2. So that is what will be gracing my living room.
Hope that helps...sorry for the War and Peace essay.