Why look at HD monitors? You can get the new Samsung "Slimfit" CRT (TX-R3079WH) with built in ATSC tuner for $900 at Circuit City ($850 at Best Buy). The case it a little wide for a 30" TV, but it's not as deep and it's lighter than the Sony or Toshiba.
I like the Toshiba form-factor (speakers on the bottom make it narrower) and my outgoing TV is an old 20" Toshiba that worked great... still does! Unfortuantely, the bug for a new TV bit and Toshiba doesn't make a 30 or 32" CRT HDTV.
So far the Samsung is working great. I have analog cable, ditigal OTA antenna (Terk HDTVi), XBox on component 1, DVD on component 2 and HDMI. I'm comparing how the DVD player performs on the two connections.
The picture is very good on both analog and digital SD and with HD. Do NOT use the movie mode though. For some reason it makes everything blurry (to simulate film I guess). I like the Samsung menu interface. I choose this over the Sharp LC-32D5U (see my review) after viewing them side-by-side.
The Samsung does have problems, but they're easier to live with when it's under $1000 (vs. the Sharp). I already mentioned size (37" wide!). Another annoying "feature" is a gray background (probably a carry over from last year's software since the TVs were gray). It's only notieable if you view SD programming in 4:3 (which I do because I can't stand the image distortion in any of the stretch modes).
What's up guys...here's my second post about buying an HDTV today. So I've narrowed it down to two TVs.
Corner One: Toshiba 30HF84 http://www.tacp.toshiba.com/televis...sp?model=30hf84
-FITS IN MY TV STAND!
-Same screen size as the Sony
-$300 more than the sony
-Not sure if it upconverts 720p, only said 480i/p on the sites.
-In a topic here about it, someone said it had better picture quality
Corner Two: Sony KV-30HS420
-Does not fit in my TV stand but I have found a stand for $50 that will support it
-$300 Les than the toshiba
-Upconverts ALL signals to 1080i, can process normal 480i
-I have heard different opinions about it's picture opposed to the Toshiba
-Cheaper with the stand than the Toshiba all together
-I have also heard it has poor geometry at the top, but my stupid *** did not turn on the television when I went to Best Buy, because I was gawking at the 60" LCDs
Both have HDMI inputs.
I am really leaning toward the Sony, but I want some second opinions. Fire away guys!