Well after reading these posts and looking at my 4 yr old 42"panny HD ready Plasma ....I said to myself, "self I said"maybe its time to upgrade....I took the plunge and purchased the Panasonic TH-P50V20Z from HN for $1999 .......noel leemings were not too keen on negotiating ....nevermind....delivery tomorrow and having it hung on the wall friday.....
Kopkiwi: To be honest, I would go for a projector. Even in a lounge set up.
Bigger picture for the same price.
a projector would suck in my lounge. far too much light. i also find the 42" to 50" screen to be a good size for regular viewing and not as hard on the neck (i.e. not having to look up to see the picture)
my Pany 42 full HD plasma blows my mind, almost got the 50 but the missus said I was pushing it as it was. Very quiet no detectable buzz. The image is flawless, I was hesitant because older panels had ghosting, screendoor grid effects showing etc.. but I can't fault this thing at all.. crystal clear, no ghosting or any issues, and PS3 gaming is phenomenal. For me Plasmas have the edge, the image is nicer to my eyes, more natural looking where LCD is over sharp, over saturated and I still see ghosting issues even on the top LCDs.
Adappted: I was hesitant because older panels had ghosting, screendoor grid effects showing etc..
Yeah the bigger you go the bigger the pixels are as the resolution doesn't increase to match panel size. To some degree you should be picking panel size based on distance to the viewing screen, as if you are watching a big panel too close then you will notice an effective loss of resolution, or be able to see the pixels/grid effect.
Totally agree about the lighting issue as mentioned above. I had always envisioned a TV with a motorised screen over the top for movies and some HD/5.1 TV shows etc. I don't think you can realistically have a projector alone. They never did progress that polarised black screen technology that Sony was working on like 10 years ago for that purpose.