Originally Posted by betterdan
People get tricked into thinking a skinnier screen is somehow better and they end up paying much more for it.
The fact that LCD's are "better" has nothing to do with how skinny they are, although there are many who prefer a wall-mountable set. LCD's offer better clarity and color vibrancy, as well as better viewing angles. At the same size, an LCD offers better visual quality than a DLP. The DLP's advantage is in it's price versus size. Neither LCD nor plasma can match DLP in those regards.
To it's credit, aside from replacing the bulb, a DLP will last "forever" whereas an LCD will begin to fade, and not evenly either. An LCD tends to have it's greens fade first, giving everything a reddish or blueish tint, but this takes years to occur. If you're looking to keep a set for decades, and don't mind replacing bulbs, the DLP is the more reliable choice. If you plan to replace your set every 8-10 years (or less, as those around here seem to do), an LCD is no worse than a DLP.
Regardless, any set you buy today will be nothing more than a stopgap until OLED takes off. By 2015, OLED should be as affordable as LCD is today. By 2020, OLED should be the default technology.