A distinction that should be made is that there are LCD Flat Panels, which are more expensive than Plasma in many cases, and LCD Rear Projection, which are among the least expensive HDTV's along with the other projection technologies (DLP, etc). And again, they're advertising flat panels (both LCD and Plasma) at 60K hours, so life span shouldn't be an issue. I don't know of anyone that keeps a TV more than 15 years or so anyway. Plus, rear projection TVs have a bulb that burns out and must be replaced at $200-300 a pop (I forget how many hours they're supposed to last).Originally Posted by Tommyjohn25
Based on what I had read online, the wife and I had all but decided to go with a Sony rear projection. But after we saw them in the store, we realized that the side viewing angles were bad and the images just weren't as crisp as they were on the flat panels. It may have been the way the store had them set up and adjusted, I don't know. But regardless, we've now decided to keep saving nickels until we can get the 50" flat panel that we want.
TB, here are more links that may help you sort through all of this:
http://www.cnet.com/4520-7874_1-5102926-1.html?tag=prmo1 (may be the same as the one Jpup provided)