i have an rca mm36100 that i got at radioshack for $1000. it's 36", and "hd-ready". of course, "hd-ready" meant that i had to spend an extra $300 on a key digital component-to-svga converter so i could use 480p input.
having said that, for $1300 i think the set was a great deal. it works as my main computer monitor and my television (progressive scan dvd input from the computer) and i use it with my xbox. the picture is great, and the price was right.
you might be able to find this set somewhere for the same price i paid (or less), and i think there's a replacement model out now that may be better.