In particular I'm looking for something with crisp picture, sharp color, nice deep blacks and decent off axis viewing. I also HATE motion blur.
On the gaming side I'd like low input lag and ideally NO motion blur.
My room is not too bright so direct sunlight and bright lights are not a problem there.
I have a Samsung plasma and have been happy with it and wouldn't getting a plasma again but I've been out shopping and plasmas are getting rare with very limited choices. Many of the plasmas I was interested in that are for sale are the floor models and I'd really rather not buy one off the floor.
I've never had a problem with burn in with my 6 year old Samsung even while playing for hours with a static image on the screen (map/health bar/etc.) but obviously I'd want something that has low risk of burn in.
I'm not adverse to the idea of getting a LCD/LED but I think plasma has the better picture IMO.
I have a 50" now but would like to move up to a 55" - 65"
My budget, I'd like to stay under $2000
Any advise would be greatly appreciated
"My advice: don't spend money on therapy. Spend it in a record store." – Wim Wenders
I am not up to date with the latest TV's but last year Panasonic could not be beaten on performance, quality and motion
Samsung PN51F4500 or PN43F4500 plasma. Incredible picture and contrast in comparison to much more expensive LED/LCD sets, perfect off angle viewing, great 240p support for retro games, best 480p output of any set available bar none (even better than my native 480p CRTs), great 720p/1080i output, and even though its a 720p set, it downscales 1080p very well and looks great.
No noticable lag when using Game Mode (and really none to speak of without, actually), and best of all you can score a 51" for $450 right now.
As far as other content, off air HD and DVDs look great on it, as well as Blu-Ray. Here is a shootout where it beat the pants off a 4K LED set that cost over $600 more.
I highly recommend the F4500, but if you absolutely must have 1080p, my next recommendation is the Samsung PN51F5300. I was able to test one with 240p and 480p gaming systems and it also performed admirably.
Thumbs up for the Panasonic plasmas as well ( I also have one), but since they are no longer being produced and are increasingly harder to find, they are pretty much a non-factor going forward.
Displays: Samsung PN51F5300BFXA, PN51F4500AFXA, PN51F4500BFXA