I'm a UK visitor here and I'm on the market for a HD display at around the 1000-pound mark (although this is flexible to a certain extent). I've just come back from a shopping trip with my girlfriend and we've demoed a Panasonic Viera plasma (code TH42PX60) which we were very impressed with. We'd likely go for a 37" model though as the living room isn't that large!
We've also managed to see the two other sets that we were recommended, but only with very poor video sources being fed through them (damn Currys putting the same video through 20 TVs!). The sets are the Toshiba WLT66 and the Samsung R74BX (I think).
I'd be interested to hear if anyone had any opinions on the relative value of these three sets. We were impressed by the colour, contrast and refresh rate of the Panasonic plasma. Is it worth demoing the other sets with an HD source or should we disregard them? Are there any other sets that we should demo in their place?
The TV will mainly be used for watching DVDs (in standard def for now, through a Denon 1920) and for Xbox 360 video gaming. I have surround sound so onboard sound is not important. A freeview decoder would be very useful however.
Any opinons or links to reviews of any of the products would be most gratefully received. Many thanks in advance.