Checking out some TVs for a gift. Must be 55" in size, plasma or LCD/LED are both fine, and under $1200. The room where the TV will be used will not have direct/indirect sunlight issues. They're currently using a rear projection TV from over 15 years ago and i'm assuming they'll be using this new TV for quite a while ago. Reliability and longevity should be a factor. We're not too concerned about internet connectivity, though it's a plus.
Top three on my list are:
Panasonic TC-P55UT50 Plasma
LG 55LS4600 LED/LCD
Samsung UN55EH6000 LED/LCD
Or if you prefer another, give me your suggestion.
And does anyone know if the LG or Samsung uses a IPS or VA or ??? display? Or know of any LCD/LED in my price range with a IPS display?