Originally Posted by oldcband
The main issue would be whatever TV you buy that its a good working TV. Several times I've bought a TV and somethings wrong I don't like about it and wonder why I was TV shopping to start with.
I'm living that right now.
Finally finished a year-long living room remodel. Small room, so the wife and I were looking forward to replacing an old, cloudy-looking, fridge-sized 55" Toshiba CRT RPTV with a new flatscreen. I've been ogling the Panasonic 50PX80U all year. Now that the paint's drying and we're ready, the PX80Us are all gone and have been replaced by the new P50X1, which I've seen and am disappointed by its dimmer (underpowered?) picture.
I can still get a PX80U if I buy it this week. So, before I retire the old cow to the basement (and encouraged by the RPTV threads), I had a go at cleaning it up. Took the screen off, cleaned the dirty CRT lenses, put it back together -- WOW! World-class color, good detail, and the blacks are back. Made me remember why I bought it seven years ago.
Didn't tell my wife. When she clicked it on, she said "WOW! Honey, I don't think we need a new TV -- put the money in the bank until this one breaks or something."
Plasma's going through an identity crisis right now. I hope Panasonic sorts it out. Maybe Samsung will fix their IR ("Don't call it Burn-in!") problems too. I'll check back next year.