*edit and title change*
So, this thread has kind of evolved over time. Since it's no longer directed so much towards me I thought I'd change the title to reflect that. There's so much nifty conversation and info in here I'd hate to see it not get used by others.
I get my tax return soon and I'd like to think I'd plunk that easy $1100 into a savings account and forget it's there, but what kind of consumer whore would I be if I did that?
To avoid being declared a communist I'm going to buy a shiny new TV.
I'm restricting the choices to CRT sets. Despite their weight I still feel they offer the best in versatility and picture quality. I would prefer the size to be 32" or 34", and it has to remain under my $1100 price limit.
If you have some crazy deal on a nice smallish 42" projection TV you want to pimp, I'll definitely look into those too.
Primary uses for the new TV are going to be DVD's and the Xbox360. It won't ever see much use for actual TV, whether it be HD or otherwise, so I'm not worried at all about how it looks with standard signals.
Models I've looked into but am unsure of:
There are apparantly LG equivalents to the Samsung 30" and the larger sets out there, but I can't find them anywhere so they're not really relevant.
I'm unsure of both of the above TV's because I've read plenty of complaints about them potentially having geometry warping issues. There are of course, plenty of positive reviews of them as well.
I'm leaning towards the 34" Toshiba just because of the extra size, but if the price is right I'll look at anything.
If anybody has any firsthand impressions, helpful suggestions, etc, I'm listening.
I'm planning on pwning my bank account and buying said TV in the next few weeks.