I am trying to decide how best to spend my hard earned cash to replace my Loewe Calida 33" CRT TV. Bascically I think I have it down to 2 choices of technology, either 50" Plasma or a DLP TV. in NZ I can get the Samsung HL-P5085W for around $9000NZD, and the LOEWE Articos 55 for about the same. Loewe to me seems the better buy, not to mention being a fantastic picture (though they are both nice). However.. I have heard from different sources, conflicting information regarding life expectancy of the bulbs. The Samsumg Sales person said 10 years, other places say 2000 hours. I will not purchase DLP if its life is less than 12 months being used 8 hours a day. Can someone confirm the life expectancy, and if anyone has much to say about the LOEWE vs the Samsung, I would love to hear about it. Everywhere you go, opinion vary so much. I am hopelessly lost, but my god I love the pictures I have seen on the DLP, though there is very little choice here. People talk about rainbowing and all sorts of things, like pixelation.. how do I test for those in the shops to see how much it annoys me or if I can see it at all? In the 50" Plasma I really like the pioneer and slightly more the panasonic viera. Appreciate any advice!