I had the 30pw8402 model and it was'nt really that great, you get what you paid for.Generally i would stay away from philips and samsung, they are considered low end models by us on this forum and give mediocre picture quality.
If i were you, and were getting a 34" WS HDTV, i would either get the Sony or the Toshiba.I can't recommend the panasonic because it does'nt except a 720p signal at all.If you have the money i would get the 34xs955, if that's a little steep, then i would recommend the 34hs420 model, if you have space limitations then the 34hfx84 would also make a great choice.
Or even better, if you can afford it, get the 34xbr960 this is the best 34" out there for picture quality because of the super fine pitch tube of 1400 resolution.
Generally i would stick with the japanese models such as sony,toshiba, and panasonic because they are built better with higher quality components and are more reliable.While the philips set is a dutch television,hey they make good light bulbs though
That's just my opinion though, with philips tv i once had.Which i will never buy a philips product again, because if you need parts for your set, good luck.
It takes a couple opf months!!! just to get the damn parts, i had to wait 2 months and a half just to get a part from an old philips vcr i used to have. like i said Good Luck
if you need customer service.