So I have been looking at the Panasonic TCP50U50 which seems to be pretty nice, and I've found it at $599 which is $100 less than Future Shop. Most people are telling me to go LCD/LED, and there are a couple sets in similar price range (but closer to $800). Honestly I haven't looked at that many LEDs but the ones I have seen the picture all looked kind of "fake" somehow. I guess I am leading towards a plasma but need some guidance from well informed people. The TV will go in a basement, I don't think light will be an issue. I want the best picture quality under $800, preferably around 50" like this Panasonic.
What would be the best sets, regardless of if they are plasma or LCD, to cross-shop with the TCP50U50? What are the biggest reasons to stick with plasma or not to? Help me make up my mind!