Thank you for all of the valuable input. I am going out to the store this weekend to "test drive" a bunch of tvs. As I said before, it's going to be a Christmastime purchase, so I'm just getting my homework in 2 months prior.
I'm not overly concerned with how thin the set is, though I will be most likely mounting it on a wall at eye-level.
If I have questions from what I see this weekend, I'll post them here.
Again, thank you for all the input/help!