There is some exasperation @ the fact that many click in here without thought of checking recent posts for info. Matter of fact, something like the 10 or so most asked questions are posted every 2 days.
Instant gratification? Posters here are volunteers, not paid answer guys. Consistently, we've referred to reading recent post topics, then reposting with more specific questions.
Yes, a new venture into the area of HDTV looks daunting, with lots of insider jargon. Sorry, but it's like saying you want a good car. Way too vague.
Stating what you need it to do for you, room size, budget etc. at least narrow it down somewhat. Primary use of watching network TV, HDTV, DVDs or gaming define needs to some extent. One guy's budget is $600, anothers may be 10 grand. Some live in marginal housing, others in McMansions. Some could use reliability in a modest package as they are shut-ins, while another may want to impress their business associates.