Hi there — technically I'm not a newbie, as I was registered here some eight years ago, but I can't find my old account (I only posted once or twice, I think). No matter.... I'm looking to purchase my first HD television set after years of watching content on a '90s 27" GE CRT, my laptop, and my parents' 2000 rear-projection Sony (some 70") when I was staying with them. Despite doing a fair amount of research on and off over the past few years, I continue to be baffled by the array of options, so I thought I'd try laying out some of what I'm looking for here and seeing what you folks might be able to tell me. Price: $600 or less feels about right, though I could go as high as $700. Size: 37-47 inches (viewing distance is about 8 feet). What I'm watching: Movies (largely older ones), TV shows, and classic animation on DVD, blu-ray, Netflix streaming and occasionally YouTube. Other components: I'll be hooking up an Oppo BDP-83 and an Apple TV 2, while using an Onkyo sr-705 receiver to handle sound. Desired image: The images on flatscreens are always really garish when I see them in stores, but then I understand that they're set to "torch mode" in order to capture people's attention and compete with all the other light sources. (My Oppo came with a calibration disc I can use to adjust the picture, so presumably that won't be a problem.) That said, I will stress that I am less interested in the really bright digital colors associated with Pixar et al than with a more filmic, analog image that represents things like grain and film texture well. (And while I'd like to see the advanced resolution of blu-ray, it would also be nice if my SD-DVDs still look decent; hopefully the Oppo upconversion helps with that.) Plasma vs. LCD: The overall impression I get is that plasmas have better overall image quality, and given that I don't care about gaming I'm not too worried about burn-in. The problem though is my concern about power consumption. On the other hand, the display will probably be used 5-10 hours a week, if that, so perhaps this is a minor issue (perhaps I can unplug it when it is not in use). I like the "warm" image of rear projection sets, but I don't really want something that bulky (and they don't seem to make a lot of them these days anyway). Things I don't care about: gaming, cable, and internet connectivity (the Apple TV would handle that). Right now there isn't really much 3-D product out there that interests me, either, and even if some of the classic '50s 3D films were offered on blu-ray (I guess Sony is doing a couple?), I'm not sure it would be worth a couple hundred more dollars for the privilege of watching them at home. Any and all feedback is much appreciated. Thanks!