Originally Posted by RFX45
I'm also switching up to Verizon Fios next week. Anybody have experience with it? I figure I'd ask here instead of creating a new thread.
FiOS is fantastic. We moved to it last year when it became available, and much prefer it to the Cablevision it replaced. Because the pipe coming into your house can carry so much more data, the HD channels look better on FiOS than they do on cable - my understanding is that they use a less-lossy compression codec for FiOS (I want to say it's MPEG-2 instead of MPEG-4, but I'm not positive). Regardless, both my wife and I felt it was an instant improvement in image comparing the FiOS HD to the Cablevision HD. As far as the set itself goes, it sounds like you're well on your way to picking something. I would echo what an earlier poster said: it's too easy to drive yourself insane with all the details, when whatever you get will probably thrill you and look fantastic. We have a mid-line Sony 46" LCD and it's absolutely fabulous. I do recommend getting a BD player - blu-ray really looks fabulous on the set. Also, be sure you spend some time calibrating the set for color. You can find a lot of advice on this on AVForum, including "recommended settings" for whatever set you buy. As far as MotionFlow (or whatever the various brands call it), I can't say that I personally enjoy it, but I don't think that 120 v 240 makes a lot of difference as far as that effect goes. Both refresh rates far exceed what your eye can actually see. Film, at 24fps looks like fluid motion when you see it, so 120 (5x as fast) and 240 (10x as fast) are, IMO, just overkill. Also, I haven't seen this mentioned, but the general opinion (by which I mean the general opinion on AVForum) is that high-priced HDMI cables are a waste. Order yours from a place like Monoprice and you'll save yourself a lot of $$$ over some super-over-price brand like Monster. Finally, if you haven't already, consider some kind of sound system. As another poster mentioned, one of the great things about Blu-Ray is the great sound. You will need a 5.1 (or 7.1) system to really take full advantage of it. If that's more than you care to get in to, I would make a recommendation for the Sony HT-CT100, which is a soundbar/subwoofer combo. We went with this system primarily because we didn't want the wires of a true 5.1 system all over our living room. No, it definitely isn't as good as a full home theater, but at the price ($299 when we bought it 18 months ago) it is such a VAST improvement over the built-in TV speakers that we are really glad we got it. Hope this helps. Good luck!