It's a year 2000 model. Seems to have won some awards.. I understand it's not HDTV and not the best TV but it has Component In and I got the TV for $500 local (no shipping etc). A good deal? Bad deal? I'm basically starting in the home theater arena and wanted to go and do a $500 purchase for a while until I can pick up a reliable 43+" HDTV under $999 .