After long last I now have the ability to start depositing funds into my "Home Theater Savings account" I have set an approximate budget for around $3000 as I dont want top end (will do a projector when we get a new house, current house cant support a projector of any type) nor do I want entry level HD. All my life I have never had anything better than a 27inch run of the mill, off the shelf TV. I finally got the wife to accept that I will have nothing less than a 53 inch screen. I do not want LCD/Plasma. I would love DLP, except for the fact that I can see rainbows very easily in the Sammy sets, otherwise they have a wonderful picture. So it looks like Rear CRT is what I can get. Tuner integrated or not doesn't matter as I will eventually drive the set with an HD DirecTivo. Now the sets I have always respected have been from Mitsubishi, I was thinking of getting a WS-55813 if still available by the time full funds are available. I remember I took first notice of Widescreens from Toshiba and started drooling, the 65H80 I think was the first model number I remember from them. I have a friend that got a Panny 53 inch a few months back for $1299, awesome deal and wonderful picture for Cable HDTV via component inputs. Thing is I have been looking for years, casually shopping around never really latching into anything specific as I thought it would be forever before I could get a set, but htat day is soon coming. I guess I am asking for help, suggestions and thoughts as to what you guys and gals have spent within a similar price range on a set. I have never looked into any Sony or Hitachi offerings either. One concern I have though is the native or "converted to" resolution. The Panny above converts to 720p and I was really impressed with the picture. I do not believe that I have yet properly seen a 1080i source, so my question is for upconversion from 720p sources, is the picture just as good and such? Sorry with all the meandering and questions, but being as my first set, I want something that is just right. DLP would be my top choice if it wasn't for the blasted rainbow effect though.