Okay, so I am limiting the budget to a max of $700 after any tax or shipping. Buydig has an Olevia 332h that fits that, and I might be able to score a Samsung TXS3082 for under that too, likely from Amazon (bestbuy has one but it would go over my limit after tax).
this is mainly for blu-ray and PS3/X360 viewing. I have a lot of DVD's, and watch regular cable (dorm room), so it has to be able to display SDTV just as well. This is why I am deciding on the Olevia 332 instead of the 532 because the 2 and 5 series use the ATi chip, that sounds as if it has problems with non-HD resolutions.
does anyone have experience with both, or at least with one that can give me a good view at least on that set?
really, I would like CRT because CRT's have better color production then LCD's, and that would be MUCH better black levels, and much higher contrast levels, which should leave shadows in great detail as well. but sadly, the CRT doesn't have 1080p (that can be dealt with), but while it supports 720p, I'd imagine it'd scale it up to 1080i, which means interlacing is again introduced.. something I don't want anymore. progressive is so much cleaner of an image, so much sharper. I'd rather 720p over 1080i, unless someone can truly spell out any reasoning otherwise, because in my mind I see 1080i being worse due to the interlacing.
and specifically, I've been hearing issues with PS3 and support for 1080i on sets that don't support 720p. I can't really explain that issue any more because I am not really aware of the full problem and what scenario it is presented it. If anyone understands the issue, please explain. It may force me into the LCD purchase without me even realize that.
so... anyone want to help me pick based on everything I have said, and/or suggest a different set that will perform better and fit my budget? remember, black level is extremely important to me, as is response time for gaming, and overall contrast. link's to pro reviews, if any, would be great. I read one for the Olevia 532 from TPV.