To previous posters above:
I've always been a Sony fan, along with my dad since his first "purchased" TV was a Sony and it lasted almost 25 years and I even played my Sega Genesis on it with no problems in the early 90's, we have 1970s-80's Sony CD players/cassette players that STILL work and are hooked up to our Sony 5.1 surround sound system. I've had both PS1 and PS2, the PS1 had NO issues while the PS2 died on me 6 months after purchase (but I blame my friend since he used wet cloth on top and I found the warranty sticker removed and damaged since I lived a school dorm in high school). On the otherhand, we had a 1993 Mitsubishi 32 inch CRT TV that was TOP OF THE LINE and the tube died out in mid-2002, We got a Sylvania 26 CRT from 2002-2004 then it started acting up and I'm using it as backup for PS3 till I get my HDTV, we have a 26 inch CRT box "HD" (I call it HD because it's a flat screen box design with 2 Component cable connections on the back) from 2005 and already the picture is taking a dump. So I'm gonna be moving the Sylvania back into where Philips TV is and enjoy my new Sony HDTV at last
My dad keeps telling me to go with Sony and I do like the BRAVIA line, with the additional benefit of the XMB UI matching the PS3 XMB UI along with BRAVIA Sync on PS3 Slim. I might be getting a Sony BRAVIA 5.1 surround sound system with BRAVIA Sync to complete my dream video game paradise.
I do have a huge question between 720p and 1080p, I've noticed many of PS3 games are modeled for 720p HD support and not 1080p, usually the only PS3 games that take advantage of 1080p are direct from Sony developers like NBA 09, Gran Turismo 5, MLB The Show, etc etc. But I also want to be "future proof" and not regret my purchase since I'm not making much money and wanna make it last long term. Basically, the only games I'll be buying for PS3 are PS3 exclusives since they take advantage of the full power unlike 3rd party developers do since they focus more on Xbox 360, Rockstar Games even stated that GTA 4 Liberty City was SUPPOSE to be MUCH bigger and realistic than what is in stores now, but because of the limitations of 360 HD-DVD format, they had to compromise for both systems to be "equal". But is it HONESTLY DEEPLY THAT DIFFERENT BETWEEN 720P AND 1080P? I ask because I'm trying to research a lot in short amount of time and there are many different perspective answers.