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Not to question the quality of the SXRD's picture - everything I've read about them say they're awesome, but they also represent a different display technology.

So I think the difference you were seeing wasn't from comparing 1080p to 1080i and 720p, but from comparing different rear-projections technologies: LCD, DLP, and LCoS. The Sony SXRD sets use a version of the LCoS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) display technology.

That being said, regardless of the reason why the picture looks so much better, the fact of the matter is that it does look better to you. If the difference in image quality is worth the price difference to you, and you can afford it (and wife approval is granted ;), then I say: why not go for it?

Here's a positive review of the Sony KDS-R60XBR1 SXRD (which is over a year old now - review was posted in Nov. 2005), and which discusses some of the technology in it:

While the set de-interlaces 1080i to create 1080p, it does not accept 1080p images directly. Not an issue today, but when Blu-ray comes along, it may become one. Otherwise, I can't think of any other operational issues worth mentioning—at least that I could detect without instrumentation.


Finding fault with the picture produced by this set required hard work, whether watching HD, DVD or even analog cable channels (though that's where you really saw the noise, not surprisingly). This is one set that looks about as good as video gets on all sources—at least as good as I've seen from any RPTV.

Wikipedia description of LCoS:

- Sri
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