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I have tried 4 TV's in the last 6 weeks. For what it's worth, here is how I would rate them. Everything in this post is purely subjective, except for the response time evaluation (I used PixPerAn).

Note that the Philips 42PFL7403 and the Toshiba 42vx540 probably use the same 120Hz, 10-bit LG panel. Larger sizes of the Toshiba xv540 use a different panel (most likely from Samsung).

Response Time and Motion Blur

1 - Toshiba 42vx540
1 - Philips 42PFL7403
3 - Sony KDL46WL135
4 - Samsung LN46A550

No contest here. The Toshiba and the Philips are faster by a comfortable margin (2x in some cases). The Sony edges the Samsung thanks to 120Hz and frame interpolation.

Contrast

1 - Samsung LN46A550
1 - Sony KDL46WL135
3 - Toshiba 42vx540
4 - Philips 42PFL7403

Dynamic contrast didn't look good on the Philips. The Toshiba implementation is very good but can't completely hide the panel's limitation. The Sony and the Samsung are about on par.

Black Level

1 - Samsung LN46A550
2 - Sony KDL46WL135
3 - Toshiba 42vx540
3 - Philips 42PFL7403

Blacks are outstanding on the Samsung, and at times greyish or bluish on the Toshiba and on the Philips.

Colors (Out of the Box)

1 - Samsung LN46A550
2 - Toshiba 42vx540
3 - Sony KDL46WL135

With the Sony, yellow was too intense, and there was not enough red. The Sony wasn't very good at rendering reddish browns or bright highlights. But it excelled in scenes with bright ambient lighting.

With the Toshiba, yellow was also too intense, but the secondary color controls made it relatively easy to correct the problem. Colors were otherwise very rich and deep on the Toshiba.

The Samsung looks the most natural and accurate out of the box, and it handles ambient lighting about as well as the Sony.

I didn't play long enough with the Philips to notice color problems.

SD TV

1 - Toshiba 42vx540
2 - Samsung LN46A550
3 - Sony KDL46WL135
4 - Philips 42PFL7403

SD (even analog, without a cable box) looked exceptionally good on the Toshiba. The Philips looked terrible. SD is OK on the Sony and the Samsung (especially when edge enhancement is disabled), with a slight edge to the Samsung.

Blu-Ray

1 - Samsung LN46A550
1 - Sony KDL46WL135
3 - Toshiba 42vx540
4 - Philips 42PFL7403

Both the Samsung and the Sony can look absolutely spectacular with Blu-Ray. The "3D" effect is much more obvious on these TV's. The Sony has slightly less accurate colors out of the box, but it has 120Hz and frame interpolation (which you may or may not like). The Toshiba beats the Philips thanks to a much better dynamic contrast implementation.

PC Use

1 - Samsung LN46A550
1 - Sony KDL46WL135
3 - Toshiba 42vx540
4 - Philips 42PFL7403

Text looks slightly crisper on the Sony and the Samsung than on the Toshiba, but the Toshiba is fine for casual non-professional use. The Philips is a distant 4th.

Picture Controls

1 - Samsung LN46A550
1 - Sony KDL46WL135
3 - Toshiba 42vx540
4 - Philips 42PFL7403

The Philips and Toshiba only allow you to save one set of custom settings per source; on these TV's, the factory presets cannot be modified. The Toshiba beats the Philips thanks to backlight and secondary color controls. The Sony offers more options than anything else, but no secondary color controls.

Overall Value

1 - Samsung LN46A550
1 - Toshiba 42vx540
3 - Sony KDL46WL135
4 - Philips 42PFL7403

Videophiles will get tremendous value from the Samsung. Gamers will be very happy with the Toshiba. Now that it is cheaper than the W4100, the WL135 is a pretty good solution for videophiles who want 120Hz and don't mind a little tweaking. I can't recommend the Philips for anyone due to several firmware bugs, poor video processing and limited picture controls.
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Great, great job!

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Great, great job!

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