So my parents are looking for their first new TV in 10+ years. I've convinced them HD is the way to go (they watch plenty of TV). Initially I was just looking at RP DLP/LCD sets because price seemed to be much better, but now I've read some articles and seen with my own eyes that prices on LCD and plasma sets are coming down quite a bit.
-Their old set was a 32" CRT. They want something much lighter and not as deep - it seems that is the norm now anyways, with anything non-CRT? The depth difference between RP and and flat panels doesn't seem to be enough to make a difference to them.
-They don't have a huge living room, so I'm thinking about 37-42" would be best, 46" at the most.
-One thing that dad doesn't seem to think much of is bulb replacement. It seems the initial price difference could be made up by not having to replace a bulb every couple years on a flat panel display?
-The room faces the south, so the winter sun comes in pretty bad during the day. They do have some pretty good blinds that block most of the light. A lot of times they'll sit around reading the paper with a light on while watching TV in the evening. I'm not sure how much of a difference this makes for RP or flat panel displays?
-They definitely want something that can be set on a TV stand, which seems to be basically all of these.
-Decent audio would be nice. They have a nice little surround sound setup, but only like using it for movies.
-They don't like to upgrade often (obviously), so on the one hand that makes me think they should get something that's near top-of-the-line now, so it'll be "better" for longer. But at the same time, they've been w/o HD or a large display for this long, so even a cheap set would seem like a huge improvement to them.
-They have DTV and can pull in OTA HD. I'm guessing there's no difference in DTV quality between the different TV types, if I'm wrong let me know. ;)
-They watch HBO, Discovery Channel-type shows, sports, and a lot of ABC/CBS/NBC/FOX.
-I don't think they'd want to spend much over $1,500. Being the wonderful son I am, I'm going to buy the HD-DVR and any cables, as well as a bit towards the TV. I'd like to set a hard ceiling price for the TV itself at $1,800. I suppose the less the better, if there isn't too much of a compromise on quality.
What else should I/they consider in helping make their decision?
I guess I'm looking for suggestions on both type of display and specific models.
Thanks a lot for any suggestions, they're much appreciated. :)
(quick question - is it OK to crosspost this to the RP board?)