60,000 hours is quoted, that will last you about 10 years i believe (ive seen 8 hrs a day quoted as 20 yrs and i cant be bothered to do the maths!)? and even then it will be at half brightness of day one, so will still work. thats assuming nothing else inside fails, of course.
top 2 have to be panasonic 42pv500 or pioneer 436XDE. Other possibility is the panel only Panasonic 42PHD8. some people also like the Hitachi which I like the look of also, but just prefer the PV500. However a ward of warning there is serious shortages of Pv500's at the moment, however go into shops and read here and make your own judgement.
Chris - what criteria do you have? Must it be HD Ready or would HD Compatible be ok? Do you want a panel or would you prefer a TV, Panel is the modular approach and requires that you have or purchase AV Amplifier and surround sound speakers and that you use a set top box or Sky for a tuner. Have you seen any plasmas that you like?
Probably a good idea to work out what it is you need to spend your 2K on and try demo a few screens. There's a ton of info to sift through on here. We all have our preferences but most seem to gravitate towards Pioneer, Panasonic, Hitachi, LG or Samsung. With the first three getting most of the attention.
Tell us more about what you are after and I'm sure the helpful folks here will try to assist you.
im looking for a plasma tv altho i have an av reciver the wife dont like to use it. or shuld i say dont no how to use it altho i have shown her loads of time. i would like it to be HD ready an be able to put it on the wall. thats about it i think..
opps forgot to say i have seen one plasma that i did like the look of altho it was a Bush the PQ was fair better than my LCD