Greetings, I have done quite a bit of reading on the forum before I posted this, there is likely a thread that answers this question but I haven’t found it in a reasonable time. Personal background: doctorate (likely guessed that from all this verbiage) in computer science and an audiophile from way-back (20+ years), – so I have a fair technical understanding. Viewing room: small living room in a restored 1920 Victorian. Viewing distance is 6 to 11 feet. Maximum viewing angle is 45 degrees to the side of directly in front of screen (hope that made sense). We only have an 8 foot width at the front of the room for main speakers, monitor, sub, amps, DVD player, etc. Full 6:1 surround in place. Current TV: 20 inch TV-VCR combo Viewing habits: we are OAR purists and have no interests in stretch or fill modes. We have little time to watch movies but when we do this is our most critical viewing. WE watch a lot of classic (4:3) movies. We only have broadcast TV (no cable, no sat). We home school using in part a DVD video curriculum. We watch morning TV news. Bottom line 80% 4:3 and 20% “widescreen”. The dilemma: The only thing that is more shocking to me than spending $2,000+ on a TV is spending $2,000+ on a TV that may need to be replaced in 5 years. The technology is so volatile right now. The question (at last). Should I concentrate on buying for the future and purchase in such a way that longevity will be maximized while burn-in and maintenance would be at a minimum? Or should I just get a small, inexpensive, CRT based RPTV in a 4:3 format that can do a correct job of showing anamorphic widescreen DVDs. Models (these can also be thought of as representing a type of TV) being considered: Direct view models: Sony KV-34XBR800 Sony KV-40XBR800 Panasonic CT-34WX52 RPTV models: Panasonic PT-40LC12 Mitsubishi WT-42311 Samsung DLPs Any on-sale-for-less-than-$1500 42” to 50” 4:3 aspect ratio CRT based RPTV.