Interesting thread. I'd shopped for a 40 inch but saw a 50 in. Samsung DLP for the same price & bought it.
I loved the 50 and things like fireworks or movies are fantastic. Not so lovable is it shuts off very frequently despite my adding vent fans.
I also have a Samsung TV/monitor that works perfectly. The 50 in. is 10 feet from me but the monitor is 4 ft. away. I find the "just WOW!" factor far higher and more frequent using the smaller & nearer TV. The finer points of high def show up beautifully when the TV is near enough. The 50 inch still looks great but you couldn't comfortably watch it from up close.
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