Thanks for all the info Jeff,
So HDMI ARC on the TV is very much analagus to an HdMI audio pass thru, just like the HDMI video pass thru on the receiver, but bringing the audio back from the TV to the receiver, rather than bringing the video from the receiver to the TV.
Regarding the room size, some would truely argue whether it is big enough for a 41" or larger screen, but I watched the Seattle / Wasington game yesterday at a friends house, on a 47" LG, and his soffa is closer to his TV than mine is to my TV. I actually felt like I was in the front row at a movie theater and I didn't like it. I almost had to turn my head from side to side to look from on edge of the screen to the other. Just my opinion, but for me it was simply too big.
Thanks for the info in brand comparison. I am almost ready to pull the triggar on one of the VISIO tv's as they have the size and fratures that I want, have good ratings where ever I look, and are priced approx. $100 less than the LG.
Thanks again Jeff,