I recently became a new member but have been browsing the forums for some time now. I've learned a considerable amount from many of the members here in determining what to look for in a widescreen/HDTV and am almost ready to purchase my first. In the beginning, I was looking to spend no more than $1000 and get a 42", but after doing some investigating and getting deeper into this, I somehow have justified that a 51" and $2000 will be better (funny how this is :b ). Originally, I was going to go with the Sony KP51WS500/510, but I'm sorta leaning towards the Toshiba 51H83/93. From what I've seen, each has their own set of problems at times, with Sony being more customer oriented when it comes to fixing problems. I will be getting the Protection Agreement wherever I purchase the TV, so that I do have the added/extended warranty and peace of mind. Feel free to chime in and give your opinion on this or to recommend other brands, such as Samsung, Hitachi, Mits, etc. I plan on maintaining the forum here throughout my entire experience, from haggling, buying, shipping, setting up and viewing so that I can share my joy (or my pain ) with everyone. I will more than likely be purchasing the TV from Sears, Best Buy or Circuit City.