I am currently in the market for an HDTV. My constraints:
Looking to spend $2000-$2500, max $3000. This is primarily for things like my NHL Centre Ice package with DirecTV (I'm a huge hockey fan), watching DirecTV-broadcast and DVD movies, and DirecTV-broadcast television, perhaps occasionally playing Xbox games.
We have seen the Sharp Aquos (37") in stores, and absolutely love the picture quality. Of the Plasma TV's we have viewed in the 42" range, the Panasonic had the best picture, though we were concerned with artifacts during quick panning of the camera, and it appeared a little less clear than the Sharp LCD. We have not seen a Pioneer in action. With hockey being so fast, we're a little concerned about both LCD and Plasma, but we're newbies to this.
The space in which this set will be placed is 39 1/2" wide, 22" deep, and height is not an issue. We are looking to purchase the largest set that will fit in our space, and this seems to be 42" (without side speakers).
Sorry if this is not the place to ask this, but:
When should the serious shopping-to-buy begin? January?
Is Plasma my best option, even with fast-paced sports the objective? I wouldn't know where to begin with CRT, none of the places we visited seemed to have any, and all the "projection" sets looked like they had very dark pictures.
Finally, I currently run all my audio and video through an aging Yamaha RX-V800 receiver. I would like something that can be the single point of contact for my DVD player, CD player, DVR, HD receiver/DVR, and Xbox, but upconvert (I had to use S-Video for everything with this receiver, it did no upconversion). I'm looking for the best bang for my buck here, probably under $700-$800. I'm also looking for direction on what type of connections I should be looking to use, as I'm brand new to this.
Again, sorry for the post if it is in the wrong area. Please point me in the right direction and I'd be happy to post there.
(Oh, does anyone know of a good general chain for viewing displays, or specific stores in the St. Louis, MO area? We've been to Ultimate Electronics and Best Buy, and were looking for something a little more specialized, with better selection.)
Thank you again!
No discount/sale talk, please. Thanks