What is the best brand of HDTV?
There really is no "best brand" of anything out there. People's tastes and needs vary so widely, which is why there are so many brands and models available of everything! The thing to do is go to your local "SUPER-DUPER STEREO AND TELEVISION WE'VE-GOT-IT-ALL OUTLET STORE" and test everything they've got. Remember that they usually badly adjust the cheaper sets (for obvious reasons!), so use your own hands-on policy and adjust them to your liking.
Once you find one you really can't live without, walk out of the store, go home and log onto eBay or your favorite auction site and see what they are going for there. No doubt you can find what you want at a price that you like.
** And it is important to note that while there are certain brands that excel in certain areas (Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, LG for example) each brand and each HDTV technology (Plasma, LCD, LED) are designed for different room environments and different purposes whether it be watching broadcast tv, blu-ray, gaming or sports.
Try using an HDTV Finder like the one in the link below so that you can assured you find the right TV the first time around.
You can not only record HDTV on your DVR, it is considered to currently be the best way to do so. HDTV requires a large amount of space on your drive, so the bigger the storage unit the better if you plan on using your DVR to record HDTV. TiVo is an excellent feature and example that allows you to record HDTV.
It's worth buying a high quality LED LCD 1080 P HDTV. I personalty don't see the value of buying a 1080i HDTV and feel that since HDTVs will last for years the LED LCD HDTV in 1080P is the best choice in spite of the higher cost. It may become worth buying a HDTV 3D, but currently they do not have enough 3D material and prices will drop