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Not a bad recommendation, though I'd probably put Samsung and Sony by themsleves and the others in tier 2 most of the time. I would also have problem putting Philips at the top of any list, even the lowest tier. They are no longer the Philips that you once new. Anything new you buy from them is actuall a Funai product (Sylvania, Emerson, et. al.) The thing to remember is that everyone makes dogs and sometimes lower tier vendors come up with a gem. I would consider individual models and get to know them better than generalizing brands.
As far as brands go, consider the service possibilities. Check to see who has the best local servicers, who actually do the training and have good relations with the manufacturer. Some makers will be disqualified IMO on the service factor, having little or no local support for their products.
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