LCD TVs can be tricky that way; not displaying SD content the way an old CRT can; lets face it, the whole IDEA of an HDTV is to play HD content :) But all is not lost. Really, it boils down to a number of things a) what kind of output is availble from the edit suite, and b) how much you are willing to spend.
Right now, in my personal opinion, Sharp, Samsung and Sony are putting out the best looking CONSUMER LCD TVs, consumer of course being TVs that you can pick-up at your local electronics supplier.
However, on the professional end of things, look no further then Panasonic. Panasonic's 26'' BT-LH2600W is a marvelous picture in both SD and HD. It uses HDSDI and SDI inputs, as well as analogue composit and component inputs. The 26" version costs around $5,000, and the 17" version only about $500 less. You can also take a look at there line of professional Plasma screens.
Hope this is found to be somewhat helpful. All the best in your search!
Television Engineering Technologist, Ontario Canada
so you do you need a monitor for your clients 12' away, or do you need a monitor for you for critical editing. I have many opinions about a critical monitor for you, but if you want a big mama plasma to make your clients go WOW, there is only one that I can recommend -
under $1300 for a 50" incredible plasma. But this is not a critical edit monitor.
Thanks for the input Bryan. I did some research on the Panasonic model and that is the one I'm going to go with.
I have on more question about size? Do you think 50" is too big? The clients will be sitting approximately 10 to 12 feet away. I don't want to make them feel like they are in the first row of a movie theater.