Well, I've just joined the club!
After much hemming and hawing about whether to wait for another price break on the LT150, I decided to take the plunge and went with the Dell deal on the LT85. I believe it came to $1596. I took the standard free shipping since I still haven't gotten around to hooking up speakers, etc. at my new house, so I'm in no rush. I went with their 90 day no pay option as well, but saw nothing about an extra $50 off.
Not only that, but after I finished the deal I remembered that ebates has a Dell discount (another 2%), which I'm sure not to get now either. I have their "Mo Money Maker" plug-in installed but it doesn't always seem to work. I may try complaining to them, but I doubt it'll work. No biggie.
I recently got a DirecTV system installed at the new house (had it at the old house) and took advantage of Blockbuster's $10 deal for installation. By telling them you want the "Para Todos" system, you get the oval (HDTV-ready) dish, though my installer couldn't find a signal for it due to my trees.
Still, it was a good deal anyway (you also get a card for one free weekly rental for a year and the oval dish comes with a multiplexor so I got four feeds). On top of that, I took advantage of the big (temporary?) price cut on Philips DirecTiVo systems at Circuit City ($99 each) and bought two of them. So it seems like I've done a pretty good job of getting an overalll great bang-for-the-buck TV/movie setup. In one sense, I'm almost glad my installer couldn't pick up the HDTV sat because then I'd have to pay $450+ for a receiver without the benefits of TiVo and I would have wanted to hold out for the LT150. Without the option of HDTV, the LT85 (at $700 less) just made a lot of sense for DVD (and some DirecTiVo) watching.
Oh yeah, this saved me even more money (well, that's what I tell my wife), because I had been looking to get a new 32-36" TV (my old 35" TV won't fit in our new A/V armoire, but it will hold some 36" models). I had been hemming and hawing (again) about whether to go 32" or 36" and whether or not to get a HDTV capable one since I didn't know how long it would be before I finally got a projector. I finally just about decided on the Sony 32FS13 (bottom-of-the-line flat screen with anamorphic squeeze) for about $850. Now that I'll have a projector, I don't think I care about anamorphic squeeze, so I'll probably get an even cheaper 32" TV. Any recommendations for a good bang-for-the-buck 32" TV for under $700? Flat screen and anamorphic squeeze are unimportant.
Now I have to decide on a screen. I'm leaning towards a Da-Lite model B Hi-Power 45"x80" 16:9 screen for my viewing distance (about 15'). Possibly even smaller. Any recommendations for a bed sheet to use in the mean time? I heard some mention of lower/higher thread count being better.
Also, any input on recommendations for a DVD player will be appreciated. I'm thinking I want the Panasonic RP91, as I believe that's the best (only?) one for stretching an older letterbox disc properly on a 16:9 screen, correct?