Hi guys, been a long time. I've been shopping around to replace my 36" Mitsubishi direct view, which has started to give me double images before it warms up. It's served me well, but it's obviously time to consider stepping up into the HDTV market. So far, I've seen several TVs that have piqued my interest, ranging from entry level at about $1000, to real bank breakers at $6K. But with so many options, I've really been left with more questions than answers, and I would really respect any opinions I could get here at the HTF. My situation - I have a fairly small living room with south facing windows, and we watch alot of TV during the daytime (my son and his cartoons). Not a ton of room, but as you can guess the EC with the 36" Mitsu takes up a decent footprint. I'd like to consider using the EC with a new set, even if it means removing the "housing" and just using the stand portion. I've pretty much ruled out FP and RPTV because of the brightness in this room. So far, my front runner is the Loewe Aconda 38". Price is an issue, but Magnolia is offering this baby for $2999, maybe a few bucks less if I can work a little magic. From what I've found on the net - and that isn't alot - this is a phenomonal price. It would fit on my stand, which is nice, but the single component video input would require I eventually but a new receiver with outputs, if I want to utilize HDTV and progressive input for a dvd player, correct? Guys, is this price as good as it sounds? This TV has what I want - the screen size works for me, and I do love direct view. But the price still seems high. And reviews on Sony's new LCD RPTVs? I have seen a few threads claiming to have made this purchase at onecall for $2.5K, but their price is higher now. I've seen the displays at CC and GG - is this a TV that will last me for 10 years? Seemed very good at multiple viewing angles, decent in a bright room. My biggest concern with this set was the cost of replacing bulbs. Could anyone share info on the price and life span of the lamps? Of course, I have also been considering the Sony and Toshiba 34" direct views, but I have questions here as well. Isn't a widescreen picture on a 36" 4:3 HDTV monitor the same size as the picture on a 34" set? It seemed to be, so considering that much of our STV viewing is at 4:3, maybe we'd be better off with a 36" set? I believe I've ruled out the 34" Sony XBR set, as my price would be only slightly cheaper than the Loewe. I've also been considering the Zenith 32" with Integrated HDTV from BB. Now I know the jump from the Aconda to this set is ridiculous, but hear me out. This could work as a "hold me over" type of set, something that would get me HDTV right off the bat without any supplemental purchases. Sure, it's $1k that I could be putting towards a nicer set, but if this holds me off for two years..... I can only imagine that the HDTV market may be a little more friendly on the purse strings by that time. And no, I don't really have a purse. Jeez, sorry to ramble on, but like I said, I am really going in a million different directions at this point. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!