We had a posting like this about a year ago before the LCoS sets showed up and changed the playing field.
Every technology has it's pro and cons. Everything you do costs you something!
The best is allwise a moving target, in HDTVs a fast moving target at that.
CRT-direct view has the best picture. Downside, big and heavy, limited to 36". Upside, will do 1080i native, lasts a very long time, low cost compaired to everything else!!!!!
CRT-RP great picture large sceen sizes up to 70", resonable cost will do 1080i native, last a long time. Downside big and bulky. Considered dinosaurs, are dissapering.
Plasma, Great pictue, except in larger sizes limited to 720p, newer sets are very burn proof, small foot print, can be hung on walls.
LCD direct view, very good picture, light, small foot print, many sizes upto 30". Down side, slow responce times, bad pixels, back lamps may have to replaced, no info on cost.
Microdisplaies RP, all have lamp that needs to be replaced, $250~350(ouch), lamp last 2000~4000 hours.
LCD good picture, some have slow responce times, small foot print, not to heavy. In larger screen sizes pixels can be seen.
DLP, very good picture, fast responce times, small foot print. Some have rainbow effect due to the color wheel.
The first DLP I saw was a pro-3 chip projector. I have been disaponinted with consumer units, because of the color wheel.
LSoS, execelent picture, rivials the best highend plasmas, and CRT-RP, the pitcure remindes me of a 3 chip pro DLP projector. The fact that the LCoS use 3 chips gives them the edge in picture quality.
There are some new technologies on the horizon, a year from now the playing field may be quite different.
If money were no object I would probly get big plasma.
Because they don't make 50" direct view CRTs.
But money is an object.
Now what did I get??? A CRT-RP ( yes I love CRTs) at work I could have LCD monitor for my PC, but I'm using a CRT.
A couple of months ago Psych Doc was looking for HDTV for the bedroom, I did this also this past weekend,
Replaced the 15 year old 20" CRT, my wife didn't want one to big ( still hasn't gotten use to the 47" one in the living room) and didn't want to spend a lot of money,,, What to do??? We got a Phillips 26" 16x9 HD CRT, does 1080i native, the SD looks very good, the strech modes are good. I have bought 2 CRT HDTVs in 3 months and spent $1600. I still have money left for the new HT reciver and DVD player. When I set out on this quest in May of 2005 I put a $2500 cap on my purches.
And I still have money for beer. John