hmm. thanks, all.
so, bruce, you'd be pretty confident the 42 inch M-Series variant (*******/1AlMsQ8) is 120hz? call me kinky but i'm actually looking for a set with the soap opera effect. i've read that only 120hz sets and above are capable of motion interpolation so it's why i've been focusing on this particular attribute, especially as it relates to vizio. it's come down to the vizio or the samsung h6203 (*******/1vV2Et1), but due to price i'm trying to talk myself into the vizio.
i know some of the M series tvs have an IPS panel which is supposed to hurt it's low-light performance and contrast (or was it black levels?). does anyone know whether the 42 inch is one of these? also, can anyone who owns the 42 inch speak to 1) motion interpolation and 2) motion blur performance. Rtings, which i think are reliable, give the edge re motion blur to the samsung (which is pertinent only insofar as gaming is a hobby and a substantial consideration as a shop for a new tv, and good motion processing is on the checklist). those are the two things holding me back from the vizio atm so any information or advice would, as always, go much appreciated. and if you think i should just go with the samsung, that input (and your generous funding) would be valuable as well.