Originally Posted by texasrattler
The Sony 55" NX720 will beat them all. You can find it for $1499. It has Gorilla glass, built in wifi and 3D. It has a great picture.
The Sony 55" EX series is ok but spend a lil more and you'll get a much better tv PQ wise.
I was shopping with about the same budget as the OP, got to see them all in action against models 2 and 3 times the price and settled on the Sony NX 720 55" and have been extremely happy with it.
What really shocked me, was how poor the LG sets looked. By poor I mean almost unwatchable. Based on many reviews, I originally went in with an LG in mind but after actually seeing them side by side with the Sony's and Samsung's, I crossed the LG's off the list.
So, with that in mind, get to your nearest large electronics store so you can see everything in person before you decide on anything.