I'm in a similar situation as you and I'll likely be going with the Panasonic TH-50PX500U. If the silver strip on the bottom bothers you then check out the Pioneer PDP5050HD as well, also a very nice set and has a shiny black finish (as opposed to the Panasonic matte black finish). But in picture quality, I'd give a slight edge to the Panasonic.
There is the Samsung line also. The HP-R5072 would be a good choice for you. It is one of Samsung's 5th generation panelas, and is completely black. There isn't as much of a following, but these new generation panels from Samsung are great.
I am curious about your comments concerning the HP-R**72 series Samsung's. I have seen the HP-R**52 series Sammys at BB and CC and as much as I wanted to like them, picture wise, it seemed to me that there was no comparison to the Panny 50U series. Pannys seemed to have better color and definitely better picture clarity/sharpness (although, the Sammys looked did look pretty good). Of course, there is certainly a subjective element involved here. Also, I did not check to see how the settings were set either. Now that being said, I have not seen a HP-R**72 series and I believe they claim to have 13 bit processing vs 12 bit for the HP-R**52. How do you feel the two Sammys compare? Is there really a difference between 13 and 12 bit processing?
Really the only reason I suggested the 72 over the 52 was because a black bezel was specifically requested, and the 5052 is silver and black. The difference between 12 and 13 bit processing though... Probably not as big a difference as the numbers look. You may be able to discern some difference, but at that point we're getting to the "it's all the small things that add up" point.
There are a few other differences, though. The speaker package on the 72 is a little nicer, and the inputs include an HDMI and a DVI instead of the lone HDMI that the 52 offers.
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