I agree with Rabmen. Every thing has its flaw. Nothing is perfect. However, when doing comparison and contrast or doing the risk-benefit analysis, I end up going w/ a Panasonic plasma. My definition of good pictures include clarity, brightness, contrast, blackness level, luminance and quick response to high demanding DVD movies, i.e. no slow-mo artifacts. My old model has a constrast of 3000:1, and watching it is amazing, especially when all the lights are turned off. It has much clearer, brighter, richer, more colorful, and sharper images than those in theater. The current model has 4000:1 contrast ratio, and I suspect it to be a more-WOW factor. My brother-in-law has a 37" Sony XBR LCD panel. Video connection was via DVI. My experience of watching DVD via DVI connection on LCD panel was not the same as watching DVD via component video on plasma. It seemed that the sharpness, brightness, and contrast were not as good as those on plasma. Then I realized that I was witnessing the statement regarding how LCD using lightbulb could not achieve brightness as high as plasma. However, he is a Sony fan, and XBR has a beautiful design -- I must admit.
This is just a personal, bias, and subjective intepretation based on my plasma ownership. The bottom line, do your own research. Depending on your budget, spend money on what you will be happy with. If CRT works for you, I say go for it by all means.