from your questions it seems you havnt really done much reading on your end either.. xP
the most complimented local dim sets would include the LG LH90, LE8500, Vizio's XVT series, and i need to go check again but i think there's a couple from Samsung too, the B8500 if i remember correctly.
i'm not sure which ones are "2010" or "2009"..i know the LE8500 is the successor of the LH90, and Vizio is just about to launch their new XVT3 series too, within the month or so..so that could be your "2010" option to consider.
and yeah, in general overall, these noted sets still perform better than any edge-lit available even today..giving you the inkiest blacks, color accuracy, "pop", uniformity, etc..when it comes to lcd.
just search around avs, you'll pretty much find all your answers and more ^^