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Gang,


Please relate your experience with me. I could really use the help.


I will post this in different areas since in has a multiple of questions. I am pretty knowledgeable about HT. Buy I have a tough very confusing decision to make. I am in the process of turning my new home (loft) into a HT. I just got done installing the 7th channel (2 rear centers running in series). Now it is time to replace my 25inch RCA from 10 years ago. I cannon decide to go RP or FP. I have a progressive Scan DVD. And I use Direct TV with the dish that I can later buy a HDTV decoder for. I don't play games. We own a lot of movies and enjoy watching TV now and then.


Here are my thoughts:


The loft is upstairs and has two windows that I will be covering up with framed movie posters (My wife is decorating the whole thing). I will also eventually put in movie seats with two rows. The wall with the TV is 8 feet high and about 17 feet from the opposite wall. The TV wall is over 15 feet long. There is a linen closet behind this wall (an extra one we don't use) that I may turn into my equipment closet.


If I go RPTV it needs to be able to get up my staircase that is shaped like packman. It will be very difficult to get one up there. The Mitsubishi 65inch can come apart into two pieces. Has anyone does this?


Should I buy a RPTV now or wait until the DLPs come out. They will obviously be lighter and easier to get up my stairs. As you can see from my dimensions that I can easily fit a 65inch TV on that wall.


Or should I just get a FP? If so which one? Are there other hidden costs I should know about? How much is a inexpensive screen (I don't need it to be motorized)? And which vendors have you used that you like (and vice-versa)


The 65inch Platinum Select Mitsubishi can be bought from $3000. That sounds real nice. But am I shooting myself in the foot for future technologies?


I could go with a smaller TV say a 32 or 36 for everyday TV watching and then use a FP for our movies. But what budget should I really be considering?


Thanks for all your help.


This forum has made it possible to get all of us techies together and share information. I don't think I would have bought half the equipment I own if it was not for your advice.


-Michael
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If $3000 is what you have or want to spend, I would probably make a footprint mockup out of cardboard and see if I could get it upstairs. Many have said (here and at the Spot) that the two piece design realy does help (but no guarantee). Make sure your dealer (and thus the delivery folks) knows you will need this in advance. If you have more $$ in your budget or if your loft has great light control (really dark) then you might want to consider the Front PJ. And at this point I will bow out (and point to the FP forums....) -- Bruce
 

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Hey Michael -


Just a word of reassurance on the 65" Mits - I've got the Platinum (65809) and chose it BECAUSE of the fact that it separated into two pieces. Personally I wouldn't have been able to get a 50" into where it needed to go.


I can't quite picture a location where it wouldn't be possible to to get this set into, but all the same, I ended up buying some pizza and beer and had my salesman out to do a site check for me. Might not be a bad idea for you if you're really in doubt. We did make a footprint of different sized sets too, but mainly to reassure my wife that a SMALLER one wouldn't fit. :)


My delivery guys never got the word in advance that it needed to be broken apart, but they said they didn't really mind. It takes them a few extra minutes to unassemble/reassemble it, but they didn't seem too opposed at carrying two smaller, 100#ish pieces as opposed to wrestling with one big 200#ish unit. I would think this would also make moving to a new house in the future MUCH easier.


As for future technology, do a search in here regarding information on Mitsubishi's Promise Module. This should take care of most of your "future" fears. I guess really, making any purchase in a changing industry like this runs the POTENTIAL of being a "foot shoot" in terms of future technology - it's a matter of looking at the available options and choosing what you feel is the best fit into your personal puzzle.
 
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