It may be inexpensive but it doesn't have very good PQ.
If you have any ability to hover around a higher price point for a 55", the KS8000 seems to be a good all around HDTV. Their 50" version is an even better value for those not needing the larger size. Look at Amazon.
Recently I inherited a Sony KDS-55A2020 rear-projection television. I believe these were also referred to as the SXRD or Grand WEGA models. Unfortunately, as is often the case with these TVs I've learned, it seems the light engine/optical block is starting to go on it.
I've looked into getting it repaired, and found a highly reviewed repair service in my area that could do the job for $525 plus tax. But I also know that I could just buy a new flat screen of the same size, or even a little bigger, for only a couple hundred more than that. Of course, the repair guy is talking down flat screen models that sell for that rate, but I'm obviously taking that with a grain of salt since he wants the work. Still though, he's suggesting the models I could get for that price aren't going to last, and he's also criticized the sound compared to the model I have. He's basically suggesting that if I replace it, I should go closer to top-of-the-line, which I'm thinking is going to cost me somewhere around another grand over the repair cost.
I guess what I'm wondering is, what are people's opinions on this? Is the picture, sound, and longevity of flat screen models that cost <$800/$900 really that poor, compared to what I have that could be repaired? Also, some other factors I have to consider: I know the optical block on this set has been replaced once already in it's life; The repair guy can't replace it as Sony doesn't make the part, but instead he'd be sending my light engine out to be rebuilt/fixed; and finally, one argument he did make is that the screen on a rear projection model is a lot more forgiving to occasionally being banged/knocked into. This is a consideration for me as I have a toddler who likes to throw things.
I'm not much of an expert when it comes to this sort of stuff, so any advice is appreciated!