Hi. I'm a new member, longtime lurker here. Like my title says, DW upped my allowance and I've decided to get a new TV. Right now I have an old Philips 19" CRT with built-in VCR (which still works). I have small living room in a small house, so I won't be looking at buying a particularly large TV. The distance from my TV stand to couch is between 8-10' depending on what side of the couch you're sitting on.
I am mostly looking at 32" LCD and 42" plasma TVs as they are the smallest in their respective categories while still being 1080p. 42" is the biggest I can fit in my living room, and that's kind of pushing it. I don't really care about 3D or smart features as part of my plan is to build a HTPC to serve all my HD, streaming & Blu-Ray, content to the TV. Nevertheless, it seems that the higher end models that have the better panels also have the 2 features I don't really care about. My budget is $1200.
I've been throwing around the LG 32LM6200, Sony 32W650A, Samsung UN32ES6500F, and Toshiba 32L4300U as LCD contenders and the Panasonic TC-P42S60 as the plasma contender. All sets look good on paper and I'm hard pressed to make up my mind.
What do you guys think? Am I going down the right road here with any of these sets or should I be looking elsewhere?
Thank you for your help.