ugh. i absolutely cannot make up my mind with these two tv sets. i decided to go tube after ALMOST getting the Philips 55" RPTV 16:9 that Onecall has for approx. $1800. While it sounds great for an RPTV, I noticed that a lot of the reviews pointed out washed out colors in non-progressive viewing (which i'll be doing about 50% of the time, and i don't want to by an external line doubler). Also, I just really prefer tubes (not to mention 55" is a little big for our room) and both of these sets, almost every time i see one, has a BEAUTIFUL picture. Anyway, I can get both the Philips 34" and the RCA 38" for around the same price. I definitely like the size of the RCA, and don't mind the curved screen (although the flat Philips screen is appealing). The Philips sets seem MUCH more reliable, however, and has more inputs. Quality control on the 38" RCA has a VERY shady past. One big plus for the RCA is the built-in HDTV receiver. I'm not sure about the SVM situation with these sets, although people that own the RCA seem to think it's a non-issue even though it's apparently activated. Not sure about the Philips. Any input would help. I'll be buying one of these next week. Whichever one i get, i'll have a good return policy within 30 days even if i just don't like the way it looks (i have to pay shipping if it's not defective but it's worth the risk to me). The RCA's size might be the deciding factor, although I'd bet that the Philips set is of higher quality. HEEEELLLPP!! thanks!