LCDs and rear projection have an acrylic (plastic) face, plasma has tempered glass like a CRT TV.
My wife and I are considering replacing our dated 36'' CRT with an HDTV. Plasma, projection, DLP, LCD... it makes no real difference to us. My biggest concern is that we have 3 small children, and I dread investing $3k into a TV just to see it ruined by curious fingers or a stray toy.
Our living room could support anything from a 32'' up to maybe a 48'' without being over-large. We have a 36'' RCA right now, and it seems sufficiently big, but it's not widescreen.
We have digital cable, TiVo, and watch a lot of DVD movies. Naturally, we've got a 5.1 audio setup.
Any suggestions from you videophiles out there who can help a young family by recommending a good, sturdy HDTV? I'm contemplating Sony's KD-34XBR970 (it's the biggest widescreen tube HDTV I could find), but didn't know if we'd be "safe" with a projection or DLP?