my 42 inch panasonic plasma lasted 3 years, just like my 48 inch rear projection Phillips. now I have a 32 inch sony LCD. they are making crap now days. buy what costs the least , so youll have money for a new one in 3 years.
This is exactly what bothers me about this purchase. I have several tube TV's that are over 15 years old and never had a single problem. Now I'm going to fork over $700 to $1000 for something that may last a few years? Makes me think about either buying the extended warranty (usually a waste of money) or sticking with the 27-inch tube until flat screen TV prices hit rock bottom.