overemphasizing relative cheapness as affordability, because, in the throes of buying fever, many folks wouldn't pause to consider local area repairability as a common sense thing.
You are big into home theater & deserve to appreciate yours, especially its integral snack bar. But, everyone's funds are different. And, I wouldn't even lust for a 1080p if I had loose money around. For instance, I'd be happy with a good 720p. I'm not concerned with any 1080p source material.
Conventional movie industry people don't want super high resolution - the make up & star's imperfections would show. Kind of like information overload or more than I really wanted to know. They've used soft focus deliberately for a long time. It helps keep the make believe world blissfully magic.
I watch TV & DVDs. I am guilty of having a couple thousand DVDs just so I can watch the classics I love at my pleasure. The conventional ones are too expensive anyway, let alone the extra for the new high def versions.
I didn't get into them early on, or CDs either, though I have a couple thousand of those, too. Radio, I do usually listen to in the car. But I can't abide listening at home through the Denon 4806 & Paradigms - considering they reveal the horrid quality of broadcast radio standards.
Happy New Year & why don't you drop by for a week's visit to restore my 1941 Fisher console radio? Would you like to clean up & resolder each & every connection? I inherited it down through family & had the old nostalgia of listening to late 40s, early 50s network serials in early evening to have made sure I kept it. I guess you deserve to consider you've soldered your share & then some.
My father-in-law wound coils at G.E. & repaired radios & then TVs. He eventually didn't keep up with the field as his last purchase was a premium priced Curtis-Mathis. Gads, that set was crap. An uncle had many happy years with Philco in Philadelphia. He took early retirement as they started the downward spiral & switched to happily teaching freshmen at Penn State (where I went on the GI bill.)
Dad stressed the family budget in time to get the 1950 World Series on a DuMont. Those rabbit ears pictures from 30 miles from Pittsburgh were nearly unwatchable, but we were happy to be up to date.
Too bad American companies ignored Sony Trinitron coming along. Drat, same as our old auto industry. A couple relatives had among the later of the solid middle class worker careers at GM.
Different world now, Stewee. My kids will work later than I did as they might mind their Ps & Qs about their 401Ks. Did the best we could with our 4 kids. Thankfully raising kids isn't a science or normally have legal consequences. Now I feel morally obligated to help the grandkids learn reality of their world by helping them with college. I don't have that much help to give. I don't envy the world they will mature within.