At some point in the next 6 months, I'll be ready to move to HD.
I barely watch any television programming; perhaps 1 hour per week. However, along with all my widescreen DVDs, I have a pretty substantial anime DVD collection, the majority of which is in 4:3 format. My "theatre" (ha ha ha) is actually in a dedicated room, but it's not particularly large. The distance from the wall to the front of the couch is exactly 9FT. I'd like to keep the cost of the TV at $4000 or less. My current DVD source is a Pioneer Elite DVL-90, but I have all the parts lying around to build an extreme HTPC. Alternately, I will just grab a nice progressive scan DVD player. (Pioneer Elite DV-37?)
Restated: I'd like the best display in this price range for use with widescreen (soon to be progressive scan) DVD, in a relatively small room, for $4000, that also has flexible viewing options for my "legacy" 4:3 DVD collection, and a connection that either directly supports HTPCs, or that can be modified to support them. I don't really have a strong preference amongst RPTV, FPTV, or direct-view. I quite like some of the new 30-34" 16:9 direct-view sets, but they don't seem like a particularly good screen surface area to dollar ratio.
Thanks for any insight you can provide.