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Looking for reviews. Primary use will be for movies and possibly PS3/XBox as kids get a bit older. Viewing distance is approx 12 feet. It will be placed inthe basement so lighting will be controlled fairly well. I can get it for $2800 + tax which I think is a good, though not killer deal. I get that this is not a VT by any stretch, but it seems like it may fit our requirements.

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Colors tend to be oversaturated so image accuracy on this one will not be close to what the G and V series can get. If that is not a consideration, then it should be a fine unit for casual viewing ... versus critical viewing.

Make sure to set the image size to HD Size 2 ... rather than the default of HD Size 1 if you want resolution of 1080p ... versus getting 720p out of the box.

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Make sure to set the image size to HD Size 2 ...
Be aware that by doing this you may end up seeing some "garbabe" on the top/sides of some channels (mostly 4:3 upconverts), per the following FAQ. If you're bothered by this, you can use size 1 for the "TV" channels (from a service provider) and size 2 for the BD player/PS3/XBox, etc if you're using separate inputs since they don't generate the "garbage".

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?p=793236#post793236

I own the 65S1 and I'm quite happy.

Useful post: http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=57741
 

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Thanks for the inputs so far. Went back to the store and took a look at the TC-P58VT25 they had on display. This can be had for $2600.00. Between the 65S2 and the 58VT25 ($200 cheaper), would most lean towards sacrificing the extra size for the better quality?

I am strongly leaning this way and would like to pull the trigger this afternoon so any and all comments are welcome. Both are BNIB. They also have 2 x floor models of the 58VT25 for $2400 but for the extra $200 bones we will go new I think.
 

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I would stay away from the floor models - not even close to being enough of a discount. You say you are 12' from the TV. I would go for the 65" and if you can afford the VT, go for it.
 

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Quality over quantity! The picture is far superior on the the vt. Yeah it is 7" inches, but if you can make that 12' into 11', then that issue is solved.
 

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So I picked up the 58VT25 - just got home :D!

Can't wait to get her all hooked up and try it out! Thanks to all who replied.
 

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The quality over quantity argument does not always work though. I'd rather watch a good 720p projector image of 102" than a 50" plasma no matter how good.

Immersiveness matters ... although less so going between 58" and 65"

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For you personally that will work. Myself, personally, I would rather have a great picture of a good size (50"+) than only a decent 720p larger picture. I always find projector pictures lacking in the black levels and find them somewhat washed out in darker scenes, even the higher end setups I've seen at Audio Ark didn't do much for me. The 50" Pioneer Kuro Elite they had on display bested any of the 100"+ setups they had, IMO, other than size of course.
 

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Of course Audio Ark was never a store that actually set up their in store projectors correctly. ;)

So if quality is paramount ... a good 20" tv is even better then. :)

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Maybe you should offer them your services. ;) And if quality is not paramount, a 150" screen with a 480p projector would be fine for some as well :).
 

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And you have it ... there is no right answer. :)

I played with the 11" Sony OLED and as beautiful as the image is on that ... better than any plasma out there right now ... it was a toy and I would not do any serious viewing on it.

There is something to be said about big picture, big sound ... as opposed to big sound small picture. I think we tend to tolerate big picture crappy sound more.

Audio Ark is not interested in my services. Tried ... as they say they do it in house ... and they don't. But they still tell you it's done ...

National AV ... their stuff is calibrated usually. You can tell which of the flat panels are worked on by looking for the THX sticker on the bezel somewhere. Doesn't stop someone from resetting the TV though.

Sense Audio (formerly premier audio) ... the projectors are calibrated.

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