I am trying to decide on a TV purchase. Right now it is coming down to the LED DLP vs. Plasma question. In short, the LED DLP is a much better screen size value, but I'm wondering if I would not be better off with a plasma display since I don't sit that far away (7' at most, and would move sofa closer for a smaller display). The big decision is between a smaller plasma (42" Panasonic TH-42PZ77U) or a slightly more expensive LED DLP (56" Samsung HL-T5687S). Models came from budget and reviews (online and Consumer Reports) The TV will be used for Wii and PS3 (games, DVD, and Blu-ray). I have made 1080p a requirement because I noticed the difference on blu-ray playback, and that is the main reason for wanting a new TV. More specific questions: 1) For the plasma: I have had my CRT for nine years and never experienced image retention. That is based on mostly watching widescreen movies (ie black bars). Is this a good indication that image retention will not be an issue for me with a plasma? 2) For the LED DLP, is bulb life a real issue? Is that 20,000 hours in the specs the actual viewing time I should expect before having to replace the bulb and what do they usually go for? 3) Anything else I should be factoring in. Thanks for the assistance!