I currently own a 40" Samsung 4061F 1080p set, that I purchased around 4 years ago and absolutely love it. It might not have the most accurate colors or plasma-like blacks, but I really like the way it pops - maybe I'm not the type who likes a soft, "natural" image. Anyway, I've been looking into a new, larger set in the 50"/$1000-$1200 range, but I'm worried it won't be much of an upgrade, or even a downgrade in everything but sheer size.
I plan to watch movies, play games and plug my laptop into it, and at this point due to concerns about IR and burn-in and a disdain for mirror-like reflective screens, I've all but eliminated plasmas from consideration, which brings me here. Basically, I want something that will impress me, something vibrant and bright. I've gone to a nearby J&R but due to lack of calibration going on and the store being dark (whereas I view typically with lights on), all the sets looked pretty much equally unimpressive - actually, minus the Panasonic ST/GT50 plasmas which looked pretty nice, but I'm not usually viewing in the dark, and again there's the IR/burn-in concerns.
As for specific needs - it must have at least 3 HDMI ports, a VGA/DVI port, would prefer it to be a Smart TV, and a matte/non-high gloss finish. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.