So I finally went on my shop today. It'd be better if there was an overall display forum since I have not yet chosen on LCD, Plasma or DLP, but this thread has the most activity so I posted here.
One word to describe my experience; overwhelmed. It's much easier to sit down and compare prices and quantifiable statistics on televisions like contrast ratios, refresh rates, etc. than it is to stare at a bunch of tvs and try to come to a conclusion. Through the hour I spent their staring at tvs I came to a few conclusions.
1. LCD over Plasma. Glare was not an issue at all, and didn't seem like it ever would be. I'm just not a fan of the picture. It's less vibrant than that of the LCD. Some people think the LCD picture is too sharp and bright and clear to the point that it's a "better than life" picture and too unrealistic. I however am a fan of the LCD picture.
2. Rear projection viewing angle is somewhat of an issue. If you're in front of the tv it's okay, but when you start to drift to the side the picture definitly gets darker.
3. Rear projection image contrast is not as good as that of the LCD. When the image goes black on the two TVs, it's a super black on the LCD while a slightly lighter black on the rear projection. The overall image is okay, slightly more dull than the LCD, but overall it's good.
4. For the most part, it's between Samsung and Sony. I did see a nice Mitsubishi rear projection, but I wouldn't deviate from Samsung or Sony unless it was for the one Mitsubishi that I saw.
Overall, I think the LCD is the best picture. After that I'd go rear projection. I don't need a flat panel since I won't be mounting the unit, which makes me start to lean towards rear projection since a ton of the money spent on LCD is for it's slimness.
I think I gained some knowledge here, but I still have a tonnnnnn to look at.
Any more suggestions from what I've said?
btw, if I haven't mentioned, I have a price range of about 1700 or so, and I'm looking for a big tv....anywhere from 46" up to 61". A big range, but I'm still not completely sure. If it's towards the top, it'll be rear projection for sure. Anyways, let me know what you guys think.