I managed to resolve my television issue. After a little search last Sunday my wife and I both preferred the look of plasma. I was a little concerned about burn-in but apparently technology has progressed to the point of this being a non-issue, or at least it’s about the same as old style televisions (see here and here). We decided on the Samsung PN50B550 50-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV. Very nice.