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A couple of things that you might consider. Game lag may be an issue with the LCD that you choose, if gaming is an important aspect to you. I believe most Samsungs have a fairly high lag. The Plasmas will likely be less suscepible to this, but if you are playing for extended sessions, Image Retention may be an issue, although temporary it can be irritating. The Panasonic will likely be least susceptible to TIR, but not immune to it.
The Plasmas would be better suited to a darker light controlled environment, the LCD's, depending on their screen type, better in bright glaring conditions. LCD's generally have a narrower viewing angle than plasma, so as a living room display you should consider where the family members will be sitting. Those well off axis may see reduced contrast and muted colors. BTW I agree, Sharps quality control and customer service would put them at the bottom of the pack IMO too.