I would agree with the above posters. I have lurked here for many years and while this is definitely THE go to place for every bit of minutiae regarding home theater both good and bad, I certainly don't base my buying decisions soley on what is written here. If I did, I would still be watching 19 inch BW CRTs.
The fact is, most of today's electronics have about a 2-3% percent failure rate. In other words, you have at worst a 97% chance to buy a product that won't have any significant problems. This has been borne out by my own experience and by independent ratings groups like CR. In my 34 years in IT, I can't think of too many times I've had a server fail on me for any reason, and we are talking tens of thousands of servers. Unless its a design flaw, it just doesn't happen much. If it is a design flaw, it usually happens well within the warranty period.
A good example is the Panasonic rear projection I bought 10 years ago. It had a bad board and failed maybe two months after I got it. Did I post on the internet in rage saying that Panasonic sucks and their products are horrible and I'll never buy another? Nope. I picked up the phone and called Panasonic. It took the repair guy a while to get it fixed, but when all was said and done I got my set back as good as new and expertly calibrated by an ISF I happened to know from one of the forums I frequented back then. I JUST threw it out the other day. Know what I bought to replace it? Another panasonic... lol. I did that because panasonic still has the overall best picture quality and lowest failure rate of any consumer grade electronics company out there. Not that the 1-2% difference is really meaningful.
My advice is to do your research, read the technical sites that make their determinations objectively using instruments and measurements, but most of all, go with your eyes. If you like the PQ, then there you have it. Beyond that, use it a lot the first 30 days; if it doesn't explode and set the cat on fire, then chances are it will not fail for many years.