DLP is the best bang for the buck and the bull about it not being very pleasant to watch unless right in front of it is just that bull. It may lose a little brightness if viewed at a large angle but hardly unpleasant to watch.
Drawbacks are that they are bigger cabinets than a LCD but still not all that big. Some people may see the "rainbows" with older DLPs and some new ones but most cannot see them.
I've got a 1080P Mitsubishi 52 inch DLP and I love it. Sharpest damn picture I think I've seen and no we don't all sit right in front of it.
If you don't have much room then I would look into maybe an LCD but if it were me I'd stay away from plasmas.