I was looking at the same 2 sets (Sony 60A2000 and Pio 5070) for 2 months. The longer I look the better the plasma sets look, most plasma sets including Pioneer, Panasonic, Hitachi, Samsung. I have been mesmerized by the "plasma effect" much discussed in this forum, namely the visual illusion of looking out through a clear window.
Watching the same source material in SXRD and plasma, the picture appears more 3D in plasma and its screen disappear in my mental view, while the rear projection set screen is always there. Sure 1080p on a 60-inch set makes picture very very sharp, maybe too sharp to be natural. 1080p also reveals plenty of picture defects from most currently existing sources. It demands the highest quality source material.
I like soft picture, "Hollywood" illusion when I watch TV/movies, hence plasma is a better set for me. 720p in 60 inch or less is OK with me at sitting distance 8' plus.
The ability to accept 1080p signal is useful to avoid excessive signal processing to scale to the native resolution of the set. Without this ability, a 720p set has to accept 1080i signal, deinterlace it (1 problem area for many plasma set), then re scale it to its native 768p or 720p resolution.
Size does matter for total immersion effect while watching movie. The question is whether enlarged picture noise tolerable or not? We don't have a perfect set up at present for video display.
Originally Posted by Burkerg
First off...I'm technology agnostic. I'm not wall-mounting, so I don't care about depth. I just want the best picture I can get. I recently purchased a Sony 60A2000 and have been wondering if I should have gone the plasma route. I'm still within my return period, so I've been checking out several plasma displays. The Pioneer 5070HD, while not as large as the Sony (screen area), is in the same price range and seems to produce a gorgeous picture...even in Best Buy. When I purchased the Sony, I said, "I'm getting nothing but 1080p." Well...upon further examination, this Pioneer is one of the most positively reviewed displays on the market, yet it's not 1080p. Also, I've read that it will accept a 1080p24 signal. It can't resolve all that information, so...what gives? How does this display stack up against 1080p displays?