Originally Posted by Mike99
I know the shortcomings of LCD. But the highly reflective glass on a plasma could be a problem for many people because it might cause reflections, & this is frequently mentioned in reviews. One could argue that ideally you should turn off the lights in order to simulate a theater. But ideally a movie screen is not made out of glass either. Just be careful of windows & lighting if going with plasma. This could affect LCDs also, but usually to a lesser degree.
The new Panasonic ST50 series has dramatically improved brightness and an excellent anti-glare filter apparently. Judging by initial reviews
, the ST50 will be probably the best value of any television period. I would only go with a matte LCD if you have large windows with sun shining directly on the television regularly. The ST50 will probably still be out of the OP's price range though.