I picked up the 42 pj350 this week end. I had a chance to look at the samsung, panny, and lg 42" 720ps side by side by side. After looking at their loop for 15 to 20 minutes, i really couldn't tell them apart. They all had a nice picture. I didn't get to see anything that would really test blacks and still haven't. The colors were fine and I liked all the tvs alot. I realize these are budget panels and I'm no videophile so ymmv.
All 3 of the set could be had for all the same price at hhgregg. I signed up for hhgreggs' "gold club" or something like that and got a 50 buck coupon, bringing these to just under 5 bills. For that price, how can you go wrong? Well...if only the 50'ers fit into my place....
For the LG, I can't see individual pixals at ~4ft. Not sure where I would, but I don't care since I would never sit closer than that. SD content(time warner cable) looks better than what I expected. Much better than what the plasma replace, a 32" tube.
HD looks very nice as well.
Why did I pick the LG over the other two? It came down to the bezel. Yes, the frame made my final decision. The LG's frame is the smallest and best looking in my book. Cleaner than the other two. The remote is not back light but neither was the panny. not sure of the samsung. The LGs remote is nice. Fits well in my hands and I can already operate it with out looking at it for the most part.