The new 42" Plasma TV by Japanese firm byd:sign is a pretty good deal at $1,670. The display has a 3000:1 contrast ratio, 1,400cd/m2 brightness, and two 10 Watt speakers. The supported resolutions are 525i/525p/750p/1125i/1125p by HDMI, and 525i/525p/750p/1125i by D4.
The set is Japan only, which should be obvious by the supported resolutions. It goes on sale May 8th.