"Otherwise, the rear proj. models will ALWAYS give a better image."
I cannot agree with this statement. Maybe I could accept it if it was stated as... "Otherwise, the rear proj. models will ALWAYS give a BIGGER image for the same amount of $$cash$$."
Perhaps your sales rep prefers the film like image many RP TV's provide. Me, I prefer the "looking through a window" effect you get from a good LCD/Plasma while watching HDTV. I've never seen that with a RPTV.
One high-end salesman told me: There's simply no reason to choose a flat plasma or LCD over a rear-projection DLP, LCD or LCoS, unless you absolutely need the flat wall-mount thinness. Otherwise, the rear proj. models will ALWAYS give a better image.
Looking around his store, I had to agree that, in the 42-60" range, although the flat panels all looked bright, crisp, and exciting, the rear-projection models seemed to have less pixelation and other visual abberations. I was particularly impressed with the Sony XRD 50", which is LCoS. It was sitting right next to a great Panasonic 50" plasma. Both images were extremely colorful and attractive, but up close, it was easy to see some pixel noise on the Panny, while the Sony XRD looked like film.
The salesman said he prefered DLP models, although to me the DLPs didn't look qjuite as film-like, but he also said some Sony XRDs with about 2 years simulated use were yellowing-out onscreen for unknown reasons...not a good sign.
Interested to hear others take on this comparison, and if this or the XRD yellowing issue has already been addressed on another thread, please re-direct me. Thanks