You're ready to go for HDTV but you're still up in air on Plasma vs. LCD. It was starting to look like LCD TVs were going to win out but Plasma TVs, with better blacks and fast motion response are holding their own against LCD TVs. Consumer Reports said that one Plasma TV they tested recently was the "best flat screen ever tested." The sweet spot for best Plasma TV values is 50 inches. Retrevo lists top rated Plasma TVs like Pioneer Plasma TVs and Panasonic Plasma TVs for under $2500 including one that
The Pioneer PDP-5080HD gets high marks for "deep blacks" and good color quality in this eighth generation plasma. It sells in the $2400 range.
Consumer Reports raves about the Panasonic TH-50PZ700U. For the same price as the Pioneer, you get a highly rated 50 inch plasma that supports 1080p
The Samsung FP-T5084 is a 1080p 50 inch plasma that users say has "excellent picture quality." You can buy one for around $2,400.
If you can live with 1080i, you'll save a lot of money on this Vizio P50HDTV10A 50 inch plasma that can be found for under $1,000.