Looking to purchase my first flat screen, probably a 42". From what I understand so far, Plasma would be cheaper and with the increased # of optimum operating hours, it should last 10+ years. I'll probably have a new TV by then, so paying extra for LCD probably doesn't make sense.
What I really need to know is should I get one that's Digital Cable Ready. From what I understand all I do is get a cable card from the cable company (either buying it or rent it), plug it in, and I'm good to go. This makes sense to me.
Also, do most TV's now allow you to used the TV's speakers as the center channel for my surround sound? I plan to hang it on the wall and I have all my speakers in place, I'd rather not have to put the center channel on/in the wall. If the TV's speakers will do this, it would be a much cleaner set up. My problem is I when I read the specs for the TV's, I can't figure out if they will do this or not. Do all TV's do this now? If not, what should I be looking for in the specs?
Last, but not least, any recommendations on models I can get below $2,000?