I went to Sears today intent on looking at a few Sony Wegas. I came away overwhelmed by the beautiful picture and clarity of a 32" Samsung flat screen (TSL3294HF) which was available for $1,200. The salesman tried to "stear" me towards the Sony Wegas but my eyes kept straying to that gorgeous Samsung picture. I have a budget of $1,599 MAX and would prefer a flat screen, direct view tv between 30-38" (widesreen would be a definite plus but it's not a neccesity). Judging solely on picture and reliability how does Samsung compare with similar flat screen JVCs and Sonys? Are there any other manufacturers in my price range that I should consider? Should I wait until July to make a purchase when the new models come out? Thanks in advance. EDITED TO ADD THE FOLLOWING: P.S. Although the title of this thread requests that you evaluate the tvs using cost as a criteria this is upon consideration uneccesary. As long as the tv is avail. for under $1,600 that's fine. All that matters to me is getting a great picture and a reliable tv (or one with a 1 yr parts and labor warranty).