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Firstly, you need to recognize that the LED backlit sets utilize an auto-dimming backlight in dark scenes, so for example in The Dark Knight during the Joker interrogation scene when the camera cuts to the Joker hidden in the shadows while Gordon is still in the room the tv cuts it's entire backlight to 0. Compared to the plasma, you should barely be able to see anything in dark scenes. The Dark Knight should be damn near unwatchable on the LED LCD in many scenes, compared to the plasma.
Secondly, with fast moving objects you should see much more clarity coming from the Panasonic with it's 1080 lines of motion resolution compared to the LCDs about 600. Unless you're using the auto-motion plus feature, in which case the picture will look fake, produce unwanted artifacts, and still not match plasma's motion resolution.
Regarding the Panasonic in the daytime, you are correct that LCDs (especially Samsung models) fare greatly in daylight, while the Panasonics' blacks wash out to a light grey. This was one of the factors that made me opt for a Samsung plasma instead of Panasonic, as they hold their blacks better in daylight.
Now, with the proper settings the LCD isn't going to look that much different than a plasma; i.e. if you calibrate your LCD to be more accurate, which is what most plasmas are right out of the box. There's a lot of plasma owners here who assume every LCD owner runs their television in torch mode with all of the settings cranked to max, which just isn't the case. That said, you should keep the plasma. It was probably cheaper, and doesn't rely on gimmicks like motion interpolation and auto-dimming backlighting to produce a superior picture.