After spending a lot of time both reading reviews and seeing product demos, I would highly recommend the new Sony SXRD RPTV. It's available in both 50" and 60". They've been highly touted and often recommended by most of the A/V magazines. To my eyes, they offer the best all around performance. I'd have bought the 60" by now except I'm in the process of upgrading/replacing my electronics first, then the TV. I'd suggest using the DVD source you now own or buy an inexpensive (with HDMI) player and wait for the HD-DVD/Blue-Ray sources to become available at a reasonable (not 'first adaptor') price .... probably within a year. Just my 2 cents.
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DVDO-VP30 for scaling: Any res to any res. (one HDMI cable to set). SONY SXRD 50". TOSHIBA HD-DVD HDA1 backwards compatible player (or just wait till the format war settles on a victor - meanwhile a DENON-1910 DVD player.
Also agree with the Sony SXRD 50". It's an LCD display that uses a technology called LCOS (liquid crystal on silicon) that was originally developed for Sony's very best $13,000+ displays. It's capable of displaying 2 million pixels with a 1080P source, while most current HDTVs can only display 1 million. The way I understand it, however, is that there are no 1080P sources available currently but there may be in the near future (Studio releases on BluRay, some satellite/cable programs, etc.). Most current HDTV is 720P at best. In any case, I found this unit's picture quality to be the best of anything under about $8-9k, although the Pioneers looked as good for considerably more money. Good luck.
I kinda thot the Sony SXRD would be the overwhelming answer given all the accolades I've seen. On DVDO for scaling, and excuse my ignorance...for DVDs wouldn't it be better to hook up directly to the SONY via HMDI and keep all processing within the digital domain? Or does DVDO have both HMDI/DVI inputs and & outputs, while having superior upscaling than DVD players or the SONY? Also does such upscaling of analogue signals from regular TV, VHS and the likes really make a big impact (relatively speaking that is!)
Searched within HK...and alas Sony's or the other new RPTVs are not available yet. Sony's SXRD unlikely to available until at the end of the year apparently. HK is always late, I'm afraid, due to the size of the market, I suppose. Looked into ordering from Japan but to no avail. Are there on-line options anyone knows of?
Among the options available I've seen at retailers, plasmas. Pioneer 5060HD vs Panasonic TH-50PV500H. Any thoughts/comments?
Take a look at Positive Feedback's review of the Toshiba SD-6915. This is a 2005 model but the equivalent 2006 replacement models exists (???).
Watch out for feature bloat due to the introduction of new standards (HDMI) as the regular inputs (component and s-video) probably have been held back by the Video end: Do we really need digital video switching in next year's receivers? My self, I have small room setup for audio using the Toshiba SD-3990 that can also hook up to an old TV for watching movies.