In electronics the old axiom "you get what you pay for" usually holds true. This TV is no exception. However, a 42" LCD to your door for $500? As of May 2011, unless you are comfortable buying refurb TVs, you can't beat it. If you can afford more ($800), go with Samsung or Sony models. If you want the biggest TV you can get for $500, this is a good bet. If you will be moving this TV from apt to apt, room to room, expo to expo etc, I would buy this TV solely based on the fact that its light, and be easily managed by one person. If the TV is going to sit in your living room forever, go with plasma. There are a few models in this price range or less. You'll get a better picture and bigger viewing angles. Pros. LIGHT WEIGHT 29lbs!. Works ok as computer monitor. Picture is pretty solid, but blacks a bit washed out and contrast not as good as more expensive models. Cons. Sound unusable so like other reviews you need to run it to other speakers. Limited Viewing angle, plan on sitting right in front of it or you will see colors wash out instantly. Unwatchable off angle? no, just washed out. Note *all speakers even on expensive LCD models are sub par at best. Invest in speakers! (Even Powered computer speakers (Bose for $100) will help immensely! I use M-Audio monitors they are amazing.
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