akai crt rp's have excellent pq. i have a slightly (1yr) old model, pt4299hd, a 42" 1080i set, and i couldn't be happier with it, especially considering the price i paid for it. convergence was a little off from the factory, so i played with that some and i have it pretty much perfect as far as i can see. i just have to readjust it every month or so and it's fine.
i've had it since may of last year, and it has gotten a ton of use (average of 6-8 hrs/day, sometimes more), brightness has not dimmed at all. pq on sd signals is somewhat weak, which is my only complaint (comcast cable). hd material looks fantastic. good black levels, smooth picture, very vivid colors, it's a very life-like picture. sports are fantastic on it. dvd's are definately pretty good too. i'm using a sony dvp-n575p 480p deck, and any dvd's with good transfers, such as lord of the rings or any star wars movie, look great. even mediocre transfers still look pretty good.
my only gripe with the features is the lack of hdmi which hurts for next gen optical media, but i plan on sitting that out anyways due to the general consumer-unfriendliness. i'm soon going to invest in a good upconvert over component player to make the most of my existing dvd collection, continue buying sd dvd's, and call it a day. you should be very happy with your tv. if you need any help with your set, such as how to adjust convergence or get into the service menu, pm me and i'll be happy to help. enjoy your new tv!
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