Originally Posted by Cleveland Plasma "The best deal is not always the best price"
While this is a true statement there are many variables and issues with it when applied to today's TV's esp LCD TV's
I personally will side with Servicetech on these forums and tell people who are just looking for a TV to get a base to mid range model from a name brand
reguardless of consumer report numbers i will openly state that for your money a panasonic plasma for most peoples needs will be not only the best picture to price ratio TV you can find but also some of the most reliable TV's you can currently buy and many extended warranty companies will reflect this as well in their pricing of the warranty for panasonic models vs other brands
all that being said i personally bought a Toshiba LCD TV and am happy with its performance and know full well it may fail me after warranty but that is ok to me, if it does i will either replace it or repair it myself unless it is a panel failure because that is cost prohibitive but when it comes to replacing the power supply/mainboard/TCON/Ballast board it is pretty cheap to find the parts online via Ebay and other sites and easily user replaceable without even soldering and i'm a person with above average electronics skill and solidering skill.
a layman can easily swap out a board in today's TV's its almost too easy