I'm similarly interested. Poor lighting control and a wish to avoid transcoding/Powerstrip mean I want a well illuminated display with a VGA input. So far that's meant a direct view monitor/hdtv. Here's a recent thread with specific models discussed:
I'm using the RCA MM32110 now as a display for a test HTPC I'm assembling. At 800x600x32-bit @ 60Hz with Radeon 7500 AIW the scan lines are incoherhent so I drop back to 16-bit color. Multiple service requests with RCA have been futile. I was considering a larger RCA/Thompson unit, but their support has put me off.
For the next display I'm currently investigating the Samsung HLM 507W (DLP) and the Viewsonic NextVision N3600W. I want to go with 16:9 because widescreen DVD on 4:3 doesn't really take advantage of the HTPC video scaling. So black bar burn-in from 4:3 content is a concern. I expect 4:3 content viewing to diminish with the next HTPC so it's not a big concern. Right now, for me, the Samsung looks most interesting.
Keep in mind that 4:3 is a dying 'breed', as more and more shows and broadcasts go to a 16:9 format. So if you go out and buy the best thing you can afford that does 4:3, you're going to be watching it in 16:9 in a few years anyway
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