The Phillips 42" TV has been our family's first flat screen television, and we have really loved it. The picture and sound quality is great. It works well with our local cable company's channels, and easily hooks up to our VCR and DVD player. It plays everything well, and wide-screen movies look especially good. Both the television and the remote are pretty uncomplicated and user friendly, which is great for non-techies like me. The set itself is has a sleek, modern design. I like that the basic power and volume/channel buttons on the TV itself are located on the side, so that you don't see them from the front. You can purchase additional mounting supplies to hang this on the wall, so it would work well hanging over a fireplace. However, we use the stand that it comes with, since it fits perfectly in our built-in bookcase area. To me, this is the perfect size screen - big enough that you can see details, but not so big that it takes over the entire room. We are very satisfied with this TV!