what to look for in plasma or lcd tv
I am trying to decide on plasma or LCD. I will probably end up with 46" TV because my limit for total width is 50". I think I am leaning toward LCD because room is pretty bright and have read LCD is better for glare. Still open to all ideas, suggestions. Here is what I am confused about.
1. All TV's mention HDMI inputs and they range from 1 to 3, what are these for?
2. Also have noticed some do not mention audio capabilities, others say 2.1 surround and I believe one of the Sony Bravia's I looked at say 7.1 surround. Any audio recommendations to looks for?
3. Some indicated "built in tuner", I have DirectTV, am I understand I need to go through them for HD programming, but will I need an extra box of some sort...or is this the tuner that is built in?
I hate not understanding the technology, I am trying to learn as much as possible so we do not spend a lot of money only to find out we got the wrong item. We will be using this for TV and movies only, no gaming and we do not watch sports as a rule. TV will be mounted above fireplace.
Appreciate any and all ideas, suggestions and thoughts.