Here's a good reason to start saving for next fall's Black Friday: HD Guru says Honeywell will sell an 82" 1080p LCD in the US this year.
Honeywell—better known for top secret government contracts—is really just licensing its all-American name to the Taiwan-based Soyo, who will be producing the 135kg monster of a TV set. Features include 120Hz motion-blur reduction, a 178-degree viewing angle, 3 HDMI inputs (only 3?), and a stated dynamic contrast ratio of 120,000:1. Its model number is the painfully long MT-HWGWT8218AM.
Sharp and Samsung, competing LCD producers, have shown off the 82" size, but according to Gary at HD Guru, neither promised to product true HDTVs for public consumption just yet. Price is TBD, but while any 82" TV is definitely going to cost you something, it might not be as expensive, coming from a tier 2 (or tier 3) company like Soyo/Honeywell. Get the details, including its sick 5-year warranty, at HD Guru. [HD Guru and Honeywell CE]