Ritchie, my buddy and I had identical (50' ??), big screen Hitachi sets.
He upgraded to a new (it's huge), HD and I can't get comfortable with watching it in a narrower band.
I actually like my old set way better ... or, that just be how he keeps it set, but with a big screen and half the (top and bottom seem dark). He put big $$ into this with a complete sound (speakers hidden all over), too. I'd never be able to justify .... hey ... those must be big bucks he has in that, but they average a movie a night too so they use and enjoy it.
Wife wanted one too last week. Believe it or not with a large open contemporary home, there was no place one of those wall hanging units could go. She finally decided that we could convert the dining room into the "formal" living room and vicey versa ...
Over a TV ... she got real, real fast.