"Immersive" the way you get when you are 1.5x screen width distance from the screen? No.
More immersive than you have now, with the smaller set? Absolutely.
Oh, well I didn't mean "immersive" in the "extreme" sense of the definition, like if it will seem as though a theater screen from the multiplex is in our living room...I just wanted to know if films will seem "more impactful" going up to the 60...
Sharp licensed the Elite moniker from Pioneer, and hired a bunch of their Kuro techs to help them develop this new line. They are direct descendents of the Pio Elite lineage, no doubt. However, IMO, due to some (not yet solved) inherent limitations in LCD tech, they don't quite match the Pio Kuros, although they beat them in size, of course, and a few other measures.
I see. Interesting.
I am seeing the Sharp 70-inch sets everywhere now -- we just went to a local RC Willey where they had one of these on display (as well as all of the gigantic Mitsubishis from the 65 inch up to the 92 inch DLP) and I saw one in Best Buy yesterday. PQ looks pretty impressive.
I just like more space to move around, and that low boy cabinet forces people farther from the screen, reducing the chance that some drunk party guest (or a child!) will damage my screen.
If I had the square footage in my house, I would LOVE to build a set... regardless of depth... into the wall so everything is flush. Very cool look, plus lots of storage. The downside to that, however, is something I've seen way too many times: It locks you into a size limit on the TV (and everything else) for future upgrades. My father-in-law LOVES good TVs, and can afford pretty much anything he wants, but the built-in entertainment center he had custom made many years ago covering the entire wall accommodates 55" MAX, so until he's ready to tear EVERYTHING out, there's no way for him to go bigger.
And indeed, that is a downside to that kind of arrangement, no doubt -- exactly what we are experiencing now. We thought that MAYBE we could go with a 70-inch screen but now the reality is that the 60 would be pushing it because of this wall unit we have. BUT...it sure does make the living room look warm and inviting, and it definitely works on our long wall instead of wall mounting a display, which would make this wall look totally cold and naked...
DLP sets are tiny compared to CRT of similar size. The only difference between DLP size and LCD/Plasma size, however, is depth. You can have a 65" Plasma or LCD set that's a mere 2-3" thick, but a 65" DLP is ~18" thick (~44" tall, close to the LCD/Plasma) ... while the 65" CRT is a whopping 28" deep (and 62" tall!). Plus, with CRT, the whole cabinet will be squared off in a single rectangular block, unlike the sculpted sloping sides of a DLP. (OTOH, this is why you need a stand with DLP, whereas CRT is it's own stand!)
Yes, I'm aware of the differences there -- but, there's just so much more to say about these comparisons as well...the fact that rear projection microdisplays are way bulkier than sleek LCDs and plasmas, yet they are dramatically smaller than the CRT floor-sitting giants they once were etc., etc.
You know what I have been finding in stores now that we're shopping for a bigger screen that has really been bothering me? Most LCDs and plasmas we are physically touching feel like cardboard props compared to the heft of my 50" SXRD set -- we lifted a Sony 60" LCD in Best Buy yesterday, and it was wobbling and moving like it was a plastic prop, not a real TV...that really got to me. I wish I could blow up my SXRD to 60-inch size with the press of a button...
As an aside, yesterday while drooling over the 70" Elite at Magnolia, a possible solution came to me re the issue of lost viewing distance/depth that you get when upgrading from a deep TV to a flat panel: Spend a some money on a really good quality extending TV mount for the set. There are mounts with articulating arms that can allow you to pull the set even 2 feet away from the wall (maybe more). This would let you bring the TV that full 2' farther into the room for formal viewing where immersion is really desired, while keeping the open space in the room during regular living room use needs, and for routine casual television viewing. (No need for immersion to watch a sitcom, but it's nice when you're watching an action movie or hosting a viewing party.) Since this solution came to me, I'll be giving more serious consideration to replacing my 65" RPTV with a 65" flat panel, since I won't lose as much (or any) perceived size as I had feared.[/QUOTE]