The problem is that HD is the motivation to have larger consumer TVs for HT rooms. There just isn't a way to make a 50" to 72" CRT. We'd need a crane to install the TV. As far as I'm concerned, I only miss my CRT when I'm watching SD material. When I'm watching HDNET, DiscoveryHD and the like, my flat panel is stunning. So, I'm embracing the new HDTV technology with the hope that crummy SD material will be a thing of the past soon. If we keep technology at a stand-still just allow SD material to be properly displayed, we'll never advance.
After experiencing the best that CRTs have to offer in black level, color accuracy, saturation etc., basically overall picture quality and realism, I'm disappointed with the take over of flat panel TVs.
Even flat panels that are $5K don't have the same picture quality as say a $2K Sony KD-34XBR960 CRT. And there is practically no choice if one wants to buy a 16:9 CRT. This forces one to look at flat panels and the prices are outrageous even for a small sized screen, and the picture quality isn't realistic looking like on a CRT.
This is a horrible time to need to buy a new television!