I've kind of come to a decision on a tv, but not quite 100%, and would like some input.
What I'm looking at now is either a LG 42LD520 or Samsung LN40C630(now that I really look, maybe the lg 550 would be a more fair comparison and although I don't need the net functionality, the extra component input as well as I imagine slightly better quality all around might push me...ugh, decisions)
I am not very picky when it comes to picture quality. You show me any decent->amazing quality tv, and I'll likely view them all pretty similarly. Both have contrast ratios that are better than my old samsung LN40A550, probably even after the usually flawed calculations to get them. I need absolutely 0 internet or extra device functionality as it will be used as a PC monitor anyway. The lg set says it has a 2.4ms response time and 4ms for the samsung, but I know even that is usually not so cut and dry as it seems(with various methods of gathering that response time). My old set I could detect slight motion blur when watching a movie, usually in darker scenes, but usually no problems while gaming, and I'd love for this new tv to be better in that regard.
They both have enough inputs, are the right size, speakers don't matter a problem for me as I have an ok 5.1 setup, and plasma doesn't seem to fit my needs. The lg is a bit less expensive and is ever so slightly bigger, but this is a large purchase and I wouldn't mind a bit of coaching before I lay down my wallet.