I've never heard of a 17" plasma. Perhaps someone else has.
The newer LCD's can look very good, especially in the smaller sizes. Take a look at the new Panasonic 4:3 17" LCD. I have it in a bedroom. Excellent picture quality. Very good blacks. And at that size, an SD picture from cable or satellite looks pretty good. This set can accept a 480p or 480i component input (in addition to S Video and composite) and a DVD on this set looks superb.
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