My dad just purchased the Panasonic 58 plasma, it looks really great....1080p if and when it comes out in that size will for one thing be pretty expensive but should also bring the 58' 720p displays down in price.
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Here is the Panasonic site http://catalog2.panasonic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ModelList?storeId=11201&catalogId=13051&catGroupId=14624. No 58 inch. Visualapex.com appears to be a good source. I am on my second panasonic plasma, the first generation commercial and a one and a half year old consumer version. The picture quality on the commercial version is reportedly better than the consumer but who do you believe? Personally I am waiting for the consumer version to come out because I can buy it locally. Although I did by the first gen online, from a real store, and when I had a problem the seller, from New York, provided better service than I have had locally in California. Turned out the problem was the outlet in "this old house" was not grounded.
Hmm this is good to know.... I am in the market for my first Plasma TV within the next few months. Infact I almost bought a 50" Panasonic yesterday...... Anyway, I do plan on going with a Blue Ray player, so I guess I better be looking for a 1080i Plasma TV. If I buy the house I am currently looking at, its room is 14'X 18'so I guess I could go with a decent size plasma. I was considering the 42 or 50 inch Panasonic. Will that be fine?
For clarification, let me start by saying that there are essentially no 1080i TVs anymore. Unless you bought a CRT based TV, every modern TV is progressive scan (as in LCD, Plasma, LCOS, DLP). They are incapable of displaying a 1080i signal as 1080i. So what were talking about here mostly applies to people with 1080p native displays.
You might find this "Specs, Myths, and Lies" article interesting: http://www.hometheatermag.com/advicefromtheexperts/0806specsmythsandlies/index.html
I'm not so sure SET is the answer. From what I hear, they will be focusing on the professional community with the initial offerings and it will probably take years before trickling down to consumers. On the other hand, there is already development going on for 1440 displays, so it will be another "age of uncertainty". Only this time for video instead of audio.
In terms of all this resolution hysteria, the question I have is just how close do you really want to sit to your TV? The difference between 1080p and 720p on a 50" screen can only be seen at a distance of about 6 feet or so. Past that distance things like black levels, color saturation and response time are more important to picture quality than resolution.