I am by no means a baller but I just moved, and all of the stuff at my old place happened to be my old roommate's equipment, and my living room is completely void of home electronics right now. I'm trying to avoid HTIB if possible. I will be sitting around 8 feet away from the TV, so I would prefer a 42'' or so. LCD or Plasma, I'm leaning towards LCD since I am a gamer and don't want to worry about burn-in, if it's still as much of an issue. I've been looking all over for TVs (Newegg, tigerdirect, etc) but don't think I can trust the reviews as I know for a fact people get paid to rate products highly. I always start with the negative reviews and see if there is a pattern, but I'm not seeing any TVs that really stand out. I did like the specs I saw on the Panasonic 42pz80 for the price, but my plasma paranoia kicks in, and I have a feeling when it comes down to it I'll be much better off with LCD. As for sound, like I said, I'm trying to avoid any low-mid end HTIB because I've been disappointed with the lack of input/outputs on the recievers. The last one I bought didn't even have a freakin optical in.