Originally Posted by richard korsgren
The Pioneer 5070 is a great choice. And by the way, you can buy the Sony for about same price as the Pioneer. Of course, there is the 1080p Panny 50' coming soon!
See, I HATE that! I'm buying something that I'll likely have to live with for 8+yrs, and of course I want to get it right - or as right as I can. But there's always going to be that one set about to come out that will be the savior of us all...that's what the Sharp was supposed to be, right? I don't think I can wait 3 months to replace my now-inoperable family room set....so I guess I'm stuck with what there is out right now.
As for the Sony, I was referring to the highly-touted XBR3 LCD, which as far as I can tell is WAY more expensive than the Sharp 52" lcd.
Therese - I'm not really sure what I want, but maybe this will help. I know it needs to be 50" or greater, due to the size of the room and the viewing distances. It needs to mount on the monster Peerless mounting arm I installed (so, under 150lbs please). The room is dark, with very little direct sunlight. I initially liked LCD because it seemed more worry-free than plasma (wont burn in)...but now I'm finding that if treated right during the break-in period, its much less of an issue. I dont care about power consumption, as it will be the set we watch only 1/2 the time. If a plasma, I'd like it to have decent anti-burn-in protection. I'd prefer for the set to have decent sound built in, as I don't plan on having a full surround sound entertainment system in the room, but I wont rule out eventually getting a modest 2.1 system for it in the future. I'll probably have a DVD player and a cable box hooked up to it, but that's about it. No current plans for an HD/Blue Ray player just yet, and video games would be played downstairs on the Samsung DLP. Picture in picture would be nice for gameday (I'd use a direct coax input for the second signal, unless the start making comcast tual-tuner cable boxes that can put out both signals at the same time through different outputs). As for 1080i, my understanding is that it won't be a popular broadcast format for years, and that unless you plan on getting a $1000 HDDVD player, its basically unused functionality. My main uses will be HD and SD signals, On Demand programming, and occasional blockbuster DVD rentals. And of course, I want the most beautiful picture possible.
Consider the cost of the Sharp 52" plus $200 my max budget.
Oh yeah, and fwiw, the room it will be in will be a bit on the dusty side, given our two huge Leonberger dogs will be wrestling & shaking out their coats in close proximity. Not sure if this is an issue of concern for either LCD or plasma.
There - have enough info to comment on whether the Sharp would be best, or whether there's a better choice out there for me?