Confession time: we've been living with a pathetic little 19" TV in our living for the two years we've been living in our home. It's on almost continuously, but we're not really the type with time to sit down and really watch movies, up to this point in our lives. With our kids getting a little older, that may change (family movie night?). In any case, we're ready to ditch our old entertainment center, designed to hold a CRT, and buy a TV cabinet that will hold a real TV. Since it will be a custom build, the maker suggested we pick the TV (or at least size it) first, and then he will size the cabinet, accordingly. His "standard" size for the cabinet we chose is 66", and has a 53" unobstructed view (13" width lost to face frame), but he said he could just as easily build 73" wide to hold a 60" TV. The room is 15'-8" deep, and measuring from viewing position on couch to where the TV would sit, gives us a viewing distance of 13'-0". The wall against which the cabinet will be placed is 11' wide x 8' high. The room width is 27', although our circle of seating is only 13' wide, so max view angle is not super extreme. The cabinet we're modeling this after is shown below (we'll be building in Walnut). Base cabinet height is typically 32", and the cubbies in the lower part of the upper cabinet add 5" to that, but he said he could lower to 28" for a big TV and eliminate the cubbies in the lower part of the upper cabinet, to get a large TV down to reasonable viewing height. I have read that you want the center of the screen close to eye level, when seated, which means the bottom of the TV should be around 28" off the floor for a 55" screen. So... home entertainment extraordinaires... educate this noob. What should I be looking for? We are not home theater enthusiasts, and I don't think I've sat to watch a movie in our living room even once in the 28 months we've been in this house, although that is probably partly due to our absurdly small TV. What's important to me is something that's reliable with very high hours (my wife leaves the TV on perhaps 12 hours per day!), decent picture, fairly wide viewing angle both horizontally and vertically (this is one thing that really bothers me with a lot of flat panel TV's).