It is a rare moment when you walk into a store and go "Wow, look at the picture quality on that TV!" and have a price that is affordable. I've seen some pretty amazing TVs but they also came with pretty amazing prices. This TV was cheap-ish and it had a HDMI connection. Practically unheard of.
I was a bit of a newbie to HDTV and home theatre stuff in general when I bought it, and the more I research into it, the better I feel about the choice I made. A lot of people ask why I bought a 4:3 HDTV. Well, 80% (or so) of the content out there is still geared towards that aspect ratio and the two game systems hitched up to it, the XBox and the GameCube, are mostly 4:3.
You lose less picture real estate when watching a 16:9 movie on a 4:3 TV than watching 4:3 movies on a 16:9. I thought about getting the 29 inch 16:9 version of this TV for quite a while but decided to go for the 32 inch 4:3. They share the same electronics and EEPROMs for the most part. With some careful tuning of the service menu, you can adjust practically all the little settings on the TV you could imagine.
From reading the various forums, it looks like there are some bad sets out there so maybe quality control has problems from time to time, but knock on plastic, my set has been flawless.
Combined with the Dish PVR 942 (which I mainly got for the bigger hard drive), using the HDMI output, it's a GREAT "little" home theatre. If you use a HDMI to HDMI cable, you get true digital video and true digital audio all thru one "USB-like" cable. Very sexy. I don't have a receiver yet that can process all the channels/etc, but for now, I like how simple the setup is. I just wish HDVI switcher boxes were more common and more affordable. I know there is a lot more involved, especially HDCP/DRM related, to deal with, so I know where the cost is coming from.