A year ago, when I was shopping for flat panels for then bedroom, this was one of the finalists on my short list (we ended up with a Sony LCD): Panasonic VIERA TC-P42G25 42-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV.
C/Net review here.
Its now on sale for the absurd price of $599 at Amazon.
Its certainly not a Pioneer Elite, which costs 10X. But it is 95% as good as the Sony LCD, which cost a few 20-30% more. The Panasonic is a very good set for a very reasonable amount of money.