"Not smart and not 3D" isn't a requirement, I just don't care about those things. I understand what you're saying about most sets having them and most people wanting them. I haven't eliminated them from my search. I am only considering sets (no projectors). I would like to stay under 2K (I know, that isn't much of a budget).
Also, Rudy1, that is the exact model that I am considering ( LC-70LE550U) and in fact, I may go pick one up tonight after work. I am really wanting a good picture to watch Hd Dish, blu rays, and play xbox360 for the living room. But I want the biggest tv that I can afford without breaking the bank. I really like the way the Samsung's look, but they all seem to be smart/3d and more pricey because of those features.