Originally Posted by Ragnarok
I'm in the same boat as so of you are. My living room almost requires me to get a set that's at least 70". What I'm wondering is what made you guys choose the Samsung over the other +70" sets? I know the 70" XBR2 is still unknown at this point but what about the other sets from Mits (73927) or the Toshiba (72MX196)?
Well, today is the day I'm supposed to get my 7178W...
As for comparisons vs. other ~70" units, here's why I chose the Samsung...
1. Full 1080p input via HDMI (no such thing on current Toshiba models, Mits only does it on the 73927 via VGA)
2. Price - Sony's announced MSRP for the 70" XBR2 is over $3K more than what the going rate for the 7178W is.
3. I like what I've seen so far of the Samsung HLS6178/HLS6188 sets after tweaking the settings.
4. It's available now. The new Sony, Mits and Toshiba models are not -- I've already gone 6 months with my bedroom TV in the family room and I'm done waiting.
Upcoming Mits 73" models are just re-hashed versions of the current offerings. They still use the same 8.5Krpm 3-color light engine and only offer 1080p input and a few cosmetic changes. Also for a much higher price tag. MSRP on the Mits 73827 (2005 model) is $7995 and the upcoming 73831 shares the same basic cabinet design and $7499 MSRP.
The Toshiba models are far superior to the Mits 73" sets (IMO), and are priced in line with the Samsung. But the new models don't support 1080p input (Toshiba didn't feel it was necessary since they omitted 1080p output from their first generation HD-DVD players). A few months ago, when Toshiba was still claiming their HD-DVD players will have 1080p output (since all HD-DVD titles are currently encoded in 1080p24), most assumed their new TVs would have a matching input and I was planning to buy the 72" Toshiba. Alas, that did not happen.... Actually, like the Mitsubishi, the updated xx197 model Toshibas have not started shipping yet either. Honestly, I was going to buy the 73827 Mits, but when I learned that they (and all the other same-generation 1080p displays) didn't accept 1080p input, I decided to wait.
For fully 1080p-capable 70"+ projection sets, Samsung owns the market right now. The only other 70"+HDTV I'm aware of that can do this is the Mits WD8213 LCOS TV, which is an '03/'04 model that has been discontiued. It's a first-generation LCOS with 1920x1080 native LCD and a DVI input that accepts the full 1080p60 signal. Unfortunately, they're extremely expensive (over $10K if you can still find one), huge 82" diagonal screen, floor-standing unit, nearly 30" deep. I did an install with one of these 2 years ago - pretty cool at the time, but compared to current SXRD and DiLA LCOS displays, the picture pretty much sucks.
So that concludes today's novella... I'm going to go back to twiddling my thumbs waiting for the FedEx Freight truck.