Whatever you do, make sure the Sony finds a good home. Those Trinitron CRTs are wonderful ;).
Keep in mind that 60Hz/120/240 might not mean much depending on what you are using the HDTV for. Also, for example, a 60Hz LCD of a name brand with solid picture quality might actually look/perform better than the el cheapo wal mart or Best buy house brand (dynex, etc.) which offer 120Hz. That said, you might actually end up with a great HDTV that only does 60Hz/720p. So what I am saying is, set that number aside for a moment.
Prices are going to vary depending on what you end up with. More often that not, you do get what you pay for. A solid performing 40" LED-LCD from a name brand manufacturer like Sony could run $1K. What is your approximate budget? And what do you mostly intend on doing with the HDTV? E.g. watching satellite or cable/network tv (50%), movies (25%) + gaming (25%)(?) If you can bump up your space for the HDTV, 50" is a bit of a 'sweet spot' now in regards to price/features/quality. Ideally, you would avoid most of the lesser quality lowest priced models found at Wally world & Best Buy. Don't be as worried about buying from a trusted e-tailer over the internet since all HDTVs, even those that end up @ Best Buy/Wal Mart were shipped at some point. It's a bit of a moot point.
Wal Mart brands worth looking at: Sony, Samsung
Best Buy brands: Samsung, Sony, LG, Panasonic
I am wanting to get a flat-screen HDTV. I have a 37 Sony CRT now. It has a great picture but weighs over 200 lbs.
I have been researching and understand the difference between 60 hz and 120 hz. For my needs I feel that the 60 hz, 1080 would be fine for me. I would like a screen size of 40-42. Are there any good brands that might have an off name? I know that I will pay alot more for a name brand.
Can you tell me what price I should be expecting to pay for an off-brand and/or new brand? I friend of mine got a Sphere from Walmart and loves it. I"m sure Best Buy and hhGregg proably have their name brands. I know sometime you get what you pay for but wasn't sure if that would pertain to the HDTV's. I also didn't know if it's a good idea to buy something like this over the internet due to the damage it could get in shipping.
Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated.