On the topic of displays: For my new place, I'm planning to get a cheap projector so I can get used to the tech, and work out setup bugs. Then when the prices of the lasers come down, I'll be ready.
This is the same thing I did when going from a CRT to a plasma. At the time I was wanting to upgrade plasmas were $5000, so I got a $500 LCD that had about the same viewable area as my 36" 4:3 CRT when showing a letter boxed movie. So it was more of a side-grade.
That's what I want to do again, something that's a side-grade from my 50" plasma. Probably a bigger picture, but not as deep blacks, or some small trade-off.
Pioneer VSX-1018AH-K, PDP-5020FD, DV-79AVi
Axiom M22s, VP150, QS8s
Sony PS3, surround backs