Wow. Talk about a kid in a candy store.....
The Element TV is definitely out. It just didn't have the picture of the ones around it, which happened to be LCDs. Then I worked my way down and saw a Hibatchi plasma that had a very nice
picture. 1000 bucks for a 42". There was a Zenith 50" that had a nice picture for 1250..... not as nice as the Hibatchi, but the larger size is nice.
I talked to two salesmen, one preferred LCDs and the other plasmas.... One said plasmas can get the black bars burned into them if I fall asleep and the DVD goes to menu. The other one said that's a thing of the past.... One said LCD had a sharper image. The other said plasmas have more contrast and better black. Sheesh.
Either one would be a step up and this is going to take more thought than I had figured. I don't remember conventional televisions having this much disparity among the different sets that were reasonably close to the same price range.
And then of course I had to check out the new cell phones
That LG Voyager touch screen is sweet