I will be on the market in the next 60-90 days for a 32-37 inch tv. Right now I'm leaning toward LCD...
I think LCD is the superior choice for gaming. You hear a lot about people gaming on huge plasma screens, but I've read too much about permenant burn-in problems for me to ever feel comfortable gaming on one myself.
Anyhoo- You see HD ready sets and those with HD built in. As best as I can surmise, the former means that you need an HD 'converter' to get an HD picture.
HD-Ready sets are capable of displaying any high-definition signal they're fed, but do not have a converter of their own built-in. This means that in order to watch high-definition television, you would have to have an external converter box.
For everything else -- DVD playback, gaming, etc. -- you need only to feed the HD signal into your television via high definition cables. This can include component video cables, a DVI cable, HDMI, and perhaps a couple other standards.
You should be certain to get a TV that supports the three major high-definition formats: 1080i, 720p, and 480p. Many EDTVs ("enhanced definition televisions") only support 480p, so you should be very clear that you're purchasing a real HDTV.
So lets say I buy an HD ready TV and plug my XBOX with an HD game in it. Does the X act as a 'converter' or would I still need an external box of some sort?
The system is natively capable of producing its own HD signal, so no additional converter is needed.
What would the price difference typically be on a tv- all things considered- that has one that is HD ready and HDTV built in...
I don't know the price difference, but I don't think it would be worth it to purchase a TV with a built-in converter. In my case, my digital cable box acts as both an HDTV converter box and a digital video recorder, so even if I'd paid extra to have a built-in HD tuner, I would have wound up ignoring it in favor of this external box.
On the other hand, using an internal HD tuner would free up a set of inputs on your television which you could use for something else. Personally, my X-Box, GameCube, DVD player, and digital cable box are using up all my HD inputs, so unless I spring for an HD splitter, I don't have the capacity to use HD cables with my PlayStation 2.
What type of peripherals would I need to game in HD, I guess is the quesiton...