Originally Posted by tts42572
On the flip side, there is also a part of me that does want a 1080P set just so that I'm not "behind" right off the bat. I know I'd be pretty set for quite awhile with a 1080P and even though I know the difference isn't always noticable, I think I'd feel alot better knowing that I've got the best available technology that should hold up for quite awhile.
Sorta get the feeling that 720P is just an "intermediate" step that is going to get quickly bypassed. Blue-Ray or HD DVD seems like it will be the next wave so why not get something that will be able to handle them when needed.
I think you're being plagued with a common misunderstanding between 768p and 1080p sets. The 75U is capable of fully handling a 1080p input from any blu-ray/hd-dvd player -- in fact, unlike the 700U, the 75U actually supports 1080p/24hz.
I own a 75U and a PS3 and I can tell you that pumping the high bit-rate 1080p input into this 768p plasma is absolutely stunning and will blow away HD Cable, and from beyond 6 feet or so, you'll never be able to see the extra resolution of 1080p if you had had that set instead.
If you don't believe me, find a store like a BB with a Magnolia where you can perhaps find a 768p Pioneer Kuro Elite sitting next to a 1080p 750U and see which one looks better. You'd probably take the Pio every time and would never see any extra detail in the 750U if you are standing 6 feet away.
The 75U also benefits from being slightly brighter than the 700U. So if you're going to spend more than the price of the 75U, then you might as well make that extra $700 count for an actual benefit to picture quality that you can see: Upgrade to the Pio 5080 in that case, or spend that money on hi-def source equipment or a calibration.