Re: Which 1080P for sports?
If money is not a problem then go with the Pioneer. If you want to save big bucks though I would definitley go with the Panasonic 720P Viera if you can still find them....
Do not get a LCD screen for over 40 inches as they are not as good as plasma IMO for this size....especially in the 50" and over.
I've also seen some incredible pictures for almost the same price as the Pioneer 50" in the 55" Hitachi and LG too!
The 50" Samsung Plasma is nice too however the best bang for the buck is still a 50" or 55" Panasonic....
Personally I have compared the Pioneer and Panasonic side by side and have to admit that if you are good at negotiating prices with a good local ma and pa type shop instead of a big chain you might find that you can save a lot $$$s. I was even able to negotiate $300 off a Panasonic 50" plasma off the advertised price at Future Shop here in Montreal for a friend of mine. (Future Shop is owned by Best Buy and yet they compete head on in Canada!)
The new Panasonic sets are amazing even compared to Sony's Bravia LCD, Sharp latest and Pioneer Elite (2 x price).
BTW I have done some digging and found out that 95% of the BLUE Ray movies are really just 720P...the BR players make amazing upconverting players for regular DVD's however don't forget that also there aren't any Broadcasts higher than 1080i or 720P...in other words there is very very little real 1080P stuff out there and that will remain that way for at least another 10 years IMO...sitting 12 to 15 feet back you will not notice a difference between a 1080P set and a 720P set viewing satellite HD and/or a 720P movie.
I have a 32" Samsung LCD and I can't believe the picture quality when viewing Hockey in HD on Satellite....yet when viewing the same broadcast on local HD Cable there is a significant difference because of the signal compression! I was an early adopter of Satellite TV because of the significant quality difference over cable TV. Even with Cable I used to get ghosting and uneven colors when cable was analog. Now digital cable (non HD) is much better however still no where as good as regular satellite (compression). And I was extremely happy with the picture quality on my 34" Toshiba Cinema Series TV (circa 1995) the last few years with satellite....Now I will be upgrading that TV to a 50 - 60 inch plasma with HD soon too. But for now I watch all my sports on that 32" Samsung as it's incredible....In the bigger sizes you need that 120 HZ for sports however not on a 32" set. I have difficulty believing that one day 10 to 20 years from now the TV sets will be 12 to 16 times the resolution of today's sets!
Last edited by xorbitman; 02-29-2008 at 04:04 PM..