I have to disagree somewhat with some of the last information posted:
If you take a look at this article, it clearly gives CRTs the upper hand when it comes to Image Quality.http://www.ergodmx.com/articles/article_4.html
Now, fair enough, I'll give you that text can in fact be clearer on LCDs, I was not aware of it. But, after reading a bit about Microsoft's ClearType, this will help in the process of reading itself, not nearly as much in the reduction of strain or fatigue. In essence, you will get "more immersed" in reading, mostly due to the subconcious nature of this type of pattern recognition.
In addition, the pixel structure of CRTs, including the aperture grill distance, or shadow masks in certain cases, which are BOTH resolution-independent, is much better in CRTs, which is why images will indeed be much smoother. Flatscreen CRTs are simply too beautiful to pass. The flatness is the icing on the cake. As beebster said, they reduce glare and other issues significantly.
Now, don't get me wrong, I -will- get the 16.1 LCD on the 8887 when it comes out, but only because I have to. I would much rather be using my 21-inch CRTs. This, of course, proves to be rather difficult on the road.
Not only will 21-inch CRTs be -much- cheaper, some selling for as little as $400, (vs. say, $3K for the Apple Studio Displays) but the increase in size will offset any possible extra clearness in the LCD.
Finally, simply by virtue of the higher resolutions (21-inchers can often display up to 2048 x 1536 pixels) clarity increases. Why? Think about it this way: Antialiasing is a cheap solution to the problem of insufficient resolution. You blur the edges of polygons so that the eye can't see that in fact, there are not enough pixels to display said polygons correctly without aliasing occuring.
If you play some of the newer 3D games out there, like Wolfenstein, Dungeon Siege and others you will see that indeed, you do NOT need antialiasing after a certain resolution, because the edges are so clear and well-defined already.
The same will apply to text, and so forth. ClearType is in many ways a glorified sub-pixel antialiasing algorithm. But what about the size of it, you say? Won't it be much smaller? Well, you can adjust it so that it sizes up more or less to the size of a lower resolution, but with the advantage of higher clarity and crispness.
Just my 2 cents. And by the way, don't take me too seriously. I am taking a debate class this semester, thus I'm into the whole argument thing. Who knows, I might go into Law School later on.
PS: Oh, and Jimmy, if you really want the cream of the crop in displays, you really have to be looking at projectors. A good projector for say, around $8K, will get you an enourmous screen size (measured in feet, not inches), the added benefit of higher resolutions, and upwards of 2K lumens.
For example, this one over here, although far from being the best, will certainly suffice for most people:http://www.pricescan.com/items/item145938.asp
Of course, for more money you can probably get youself an IMAX-quality projector setup which will make you rethink whether you -really- want to play Doom III at 3 AM in the morning.