Guys, It's been a while since I've been truly current with displays - I've been off on an audio tangent for a few years now. That said, I'm really starting to itch for a new display. I've held off for a while because my current 32" CRT is pretty good with digital cable and awesome with DVD's (Loewe with 3:2 pulldown correction and vertical squeeze). I haven't been bothered by a lack of HD capability as unitl recently there wasn't too much programming. As we're reaching a critical mass of HD programming, though, I'm thinking it's getting to be time to jump in. Having said all of that I'm trying to re-educate myself to the current trends and decide what's worth buying today (if anything), and the relative strengths of the two most likely technologies I'd purchase, rear-projection LCD and plasma. Assume I'm looking for a 42" 16:9 display that I will sit approximately 8" - 9" from in a room with good lighting control. There will never be direct sunlight on the screen, and any glare will be created by artificial lights, and thus will be controllable. Regardless of the depth of the unit, it will not be attached to the wall, but used as a table-top. Viewing habits will be 50% digtital cable, 15% HD cable, 30% DVD, 5% video gaming/laserdisc/S-VHS. Sound is a non-issue, as is the remote (though direct access to inputs is a plus). Cost is an issue, though not insurmountable. $7k for a plasma is ok if the picture is significantly better than a $3,500 LCD. Please indicate the weaknesses, real and percieved of each technology and/or brand, ie: things to look for when auditioning the different units. It's important to remember that a significant portion of the viewing will be digital cable of an NTSC signal with 480i resolution at the maximum - how each TV deals with this will be an important component. Connectivity is, sadly, a concern. My audio gear does not do wide-band compontent video switching, so for the time being 2 sets of component input ins is a necessity, one for HD and the other for DVD. Sorry for the length and lack of focus with this post. Hopefully I've covered everything. So, what's your reccomendation? Thanks in advance.