We have two. A big Panasonic in our living room, and a ridiculously large LG on our bedroom wall.
Which is better? They both get the same 300 channels of all crap all the time, so what difference does it make?
Hold that thought, because despite what manufacturers, retailers, and satisfied owners tell you, brand isn't very important. For one thing, only a couple of "brand" manufacturers make their own screens; and everyone else sources from them and a couple of other screen manufacturers... Just as everyone also buys their components from a relatively few sources. Because they're assembled from the same stuff, the different brands have similar mean failure rates and offer similar warranties.
Don't feel compelled (or even tempted) to spend a LOT more for one that only looks a tiny bit better. Remember, when you get it into your room you want be comparing it to anything more expensive, unless you also buy another, more expensive set for the same room.
Shop somewhere with a lot of options on display, and pick the one whose looks you like most. Some people like shinier screens than others -- it's slightly a matter of ambient light, but mostly one of taste. Matte screens tend to look a little better in bright rooms, but the operative words are "tend" and, "a little." If you want shiny, buy shiny. If not, not.
When you order the upgraded boxes, make sure you get an extra remote so both you and your husband have your own for each TV. They don't cost much. A woman with her own remote is a powerful and sexy woman. Linda has her own, and you should too. Say "hi" to your husband for me.
Plan ahead. If you're going to wall mount, know where the cables will run. Upgrade your boxes before the TV, and order any cables you need from Amazon (Amazon Prime rocks) or e-bay so you're good to go when you get your new screen. If you need an extra power strip, or one that's more heavy duty -- take care of that as well. What about a mount? Staples, Best Buy, and the others charge a great deal more for the same items. Why be their victim?
Finally, if mounting a big screen is something for someone else, local TV repair outfits and electricians charge far less than the "Geek Squad." Typically they can give you a good deal on a mount, too.
Edited by boar_d_laze - 9/11/11 at 8:18pm