I went over to sears and took a look at the 3097. Man, talk about bad presentation. It was on the bottom shelf and displaying fuzzzy cable. I can't believe they didn't have it hooked up to the hd feed. I'm going to call them this week and ask them to hook it up so I can actually see how well the set works.
30".... It sure looked small. Of couse it was in an aisle on the bottom shelf next to a bunch of fishbowl 4:3 sets. I think it might look ok in my apt, for now. I have to see the set in action.
One thing that really bothered me about the set (besides the presentation) was the size of the screen vs the dimensions of the case. The size of the borders around the screen made the set look very small (any thing is small next to the huge rptvs). I noticed that the 3098 has "neo slim-width design". Is that much different? anyway....
The set looks ok, but the big rptv sure made me think about my direct view preference. hmm.
edit: I just wanted to add to my border complaint. I'm sitting here looking at a samsung 30" and a toshiba 34" and the toshiba is *3 inches* narrower!!! How is it that a set that has a screen that is 4" larger have overall dimensions that are 3" smaller!? </temporary rant>