So I'm reading and reading and reading, and getting more and more confused...to the point I'm not sure what I want/need anymore.
I'm currently using a 32" Wal-Mart tube special, and would like to move up into the realm of big screen/HD programming, and am now totally lost.
I think I want a plasma, rather than LCD, as from what I gather standard TV/Movie watching looks better on the plasma. I've got a Wii, but as I'm a PC guy, and my daughter is more into the PC than the Wii, it's more of an occasional use thing than a primary item.
All the shops I visit (Costco, Best Buy, etc.) have all these TV's lined up next to each other, or a massive wall, and I have no idea how big these things really are, relative to what I'm using now, so I'm not entirely sure how big to go....is 42" enough? Is 46" mandatory? I think 50"+ is out of my price range , but might be too big anyway...I'd like to spend around $1500.
I'll be sitting about 10-12 feet from the screen...the front edge of my current screen is about 10' from the edge of my couch, so another foot or so to where my eyes will be...
Is 720p enough? Is 1080 something I need to be looking at? I've never even seen an HD set in action (other than on display, so context is out the window), so is it even going to matter? It's going to be so much better than what I currently have, I'm likely to be blown away by even the lowest end HD stuff, aren't I?
I see "MaxEnt" 50" plasmas for $1199, and somebody elses 42" for $1599...I understand there are technical differences, but for an average use TV watching family (cartoons for the kid, movies/sports/news for mom and dad), how high end do I really need to aim?
I'm drowning in information, and don't know what I need to grab onto to stay afloat....any suggestions? I'd like the TV to last me at least 5 years, and really can't see changing my viewing habits over that time, though what I end up with may change that...I've heard HD can be life-changing.