I'd go with Sony or Samsung. They both have several models in each size. 120 hz will cost a little more but I think its worth it. I got a Sony 46" W series at Christmas time along with a PS3 for $950.00 The deal actually called for a V series but they were out of stock so I talked them into upgrading to the W for the same price. Doubt you can even get a V series for that price now. I was really concerned with the "blurring" related to LCD's and researched for a long time. Thought I would still be able to notice since I would be looking for it, but it hasn't been a problem at all.
For me it boiled down to spending that much money I was going to wait til I could find a great deal on either a Samsung or Sony.
I got a 50" Samsung as per a recommendation from someone on this site and I have been very happy so far. blue ray movies are amazing. I have stopped going to theaters to watch movies. With surround sound and Blue ray the experience is better and I can buy the blue ray disk for less than one person going to the movies and getting a pop and popcorn. It is insane how much it cost to go to a movie anymore.
After doing some extensive research online today (instead of working!). I think I have it narrowed down to the following models. I've found them all for between $950-1050 including tax and/or shipping at various retailers 46" Samsung 120 Hz - 46" Sony Bravia 120 Hz 46" Sharp Aquos 120 Hz 47" LG 120 Hz 47" Phillips 120 Hz I ordered them by my preference at this time. They are all within $100 of each other. I guess my next step is to go check them out in the show rooms..
we have a Panasonic 42 inch plasma that was bought in 2006 that has been very reliable and great for us, picture isn't quite as sharp as some of the newest stuff but its older technology. We had some difficulties with my grandma's 26 inch Vizio lcd that's only about a year old, a card went bad and after some tinkering and a 30 dollar replacement piece it works again. In the future we'll probably avoid Vizio.
vizio is a great bang for your buck tv. i have a 32" in the bedroom.
for my money, you can't beat a sony bravia. i got a 52" lcd for the living room, and it is by far the best picture i could ask for. i watch a lot of sports, and there is no banding or blocking with the fast moving cameras. i had a sharp aquos and couldn't have been more dissapointed.
Thanks for all the advice, it really helped me with my decision. I just purchased the new Samsung 46" 120 Hz LCD TV from B&H for just under $1000 (no sales tax or shipping!). Can't wait for it to arrive, was up till midnight last night assembling the new entertainment center....
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