Originally Posted by omeletpants
Hi new member guy. I'm going to give you the best advice so stick with me until the end of this post.
This question is asked about 5 times a day here every single day of the year. The regular members are so sick of seeing the same question that they will ignore it. Then 2 hours from now you will impolitely bump your own thread and eventually it will sink to the abyss of page #5. You will be no further in your quest for quality HDTV.
But if you are REALLY serious, you will go to the store and actually view various TVs to see what you like. Then you should write down a couple model numbers and your questions about each, then come back here.
At that point you can ask questions and people may give you answers. Or you could do a forum search and look at the Owner's Threads for each of these sets then see what members think about each brand. By doing this you will start to get a good feel about what is "best" and spend your money wisely. Good luck,
While this is good advice, I personally do not enjoy posts like this, especially being a new member myself. This is an open forum for people to ask questions, provide information ect, and post like this regardless of the intentions come off as bullying or rude and there is no need for it.
I for one love this site, however, this is not the easiest forum to search for information considering many of the threads are hundreds, or even thousands of posts long. There is certainly a lot of knowledge on this site and it would only take looking through the first few pages to answer his question, however for a new member it can be information overload.
To address the OP, a good place to get an idea of TV's in your price range is CNET. Under TV reviews they have a section for the best cheap LCDs & plasma, they also recently had an article on the best TV for the money. Take a look there and when you find something you are interested in come back here and search for that specific model. It will really help you cut down on your search time give you more meaningful results.