It's shocking to me how emotional you guys are getting, especially otk. This reminds me of the way kids act on gaming forums when having 360 vs PS3 debates.
And otk, of course a good 480i TV may look better than a 1080p LCD with SD content because that's what it is made for whereas the LCd has to scale it to 1080p. But 1080p running on a 1080p LCD sure as hell looks better than 480i on a 480i CRT TV. I can't believe I'm in an argument about this.
And whether you want to admit it or not the newer Sony XBR LCDs look very, very good. The problem is you have to be rich to own one. They've got the XBR5 up on their site now, it's $5000. Yeah, that's ridiculous but damn, they do look sweet. You act as though LCD technology hasn't progressed at all.
And I'm the first to admit that CRT tech. is ahead of LCD tech. That's why I bought a CRT. If there was a TRUE 1080i CRT HDTV out there that I could buy ( And no, the $50,000 ones sold to movie studios don't count in my opinion. ) I'd choose it over a 1080p LCD without hesitation. The problem though is that there isn't and there never will be.