Just got a new house and of course like any full-blooded male I want a new tv to go with it. Here are the details: The TV will be located in the family room with lots of light. Light will be a little controllable because I've installed wooden blinds. The TV will be 8 feet from the viewing area. Budget: I can probably convince my wife to go up as 3K but that's pushing it. Here are our viewing habits: We watch a lot of OTA programming. I haven't installed cable or satellite yet except for the one that beams exclusive foreign(asian) channels to us. I have no plans of getting HD as of yet but will probably change my mind as soon as I get my HD-Ready TV. I, of course, also watch DVDs but not until my kid goes to bed so not as frequent as I want. My main concerns: The TV needs to be at least 40" (although i might settle for a 34-36" Widescreen depending on other mitigating factors). It needs to be HD-Ready. I would love to get widescreen but a review on the Sony 40XBR800 says that an anamorphic DVD converts the 40" to a 37" widescreen. Is this correct? If this is the case then I'm going for the 4:3. I still don't know if I'm going to get a direct-view or a projection or a plasma (only because I've seen a daewoo DP-42SM in Bestbuy selling for 2499 yesterday). I think I was settled on the direct-view because of our viewing habits (knowing that standard OTA and even cable don't look great on a projection) but I've heard of projection tvs upconverting signals (like the Toshiba 42HDX82). Now I'm wondering if I've dismissed RPTVs too quickly. Does this upconversion really make the RPTVs a decent alternative to tubes when it comes to standard OTA/cable signals? If it does, what brands do it best, to narrow down my search? PLEASE HELP.