Originally Posted by kevreh
Im kind of in the same boat. Bought a 50" gt50 Panasonic Plasma....I like it but wish I could have seen it next to a Samsung led. Doing a side by side at bestbuy with somewhat balaced sets is impossible. I wouldn't be too worried about burn as it can take 12+ hours before it happens, depending who you talk to. Who leaves their tv on this long with the same image.
Congrats on the GT50, its an excellent tv, in order to get something with equal PQ in a samsung LED/LCD you would spend a fair bit more money. LED/LCD's can match plasma's for black level, color and motion processing (thinking of the Elite's ) but they are WAY over the $1,000 price the OP is looking at.
To the OP
I would ask what your primary use is ? I'm 80% movies so a plasma is a good choice for me. If you do long hours of gaming or watch sports for hours at a time, there can be some IR (image retention) on a plasma, it can be cleared up, but some people freak a little bit when they change the channel and the ESPN logo stays on the screen for the next half hour. I also have a low-light room with no windows, so again, the dimmer picture of a plasma doesn't cause an issue. If you have lots of light, then a LCD will handle that better. Not sure if this matters at all, but plasma's are heavier, and use more electricity. Never thought of this being important until recently when I was helping a friend shop for a tv, and she is much more eco friendly than I am, and very much liked the fact that the LED/LCD she bought uses something like $20 a year in electricity. And the plywood table she has it on can support the weight.
Ultimately, trust your eyes, if there is anything I have learned from going through 4 tv's in 3 years (wife put her foot down on the last one, no more upgrades for awhile
) its that there are flaws in just about every tv made. Its more a matter of narrowing down what you can live with, and just being happy with it. Hope any of this helped.