I'm still going in to COMET and Curreys and comparing Plasma and LCS side by side. I'm not sure ther is a lot in it... and thats with the current range of screens. I'd love to see the new Samsung and Sharps Aquos range always seemed to get good reviews.... and the new Tosh is in the wings....
SED displays sounded good... but Ive yet to see the technolgy in operation. There again, OLED polymer screens also boasted a novel technology for REALLY flat screens. Both yet to see the light of day... but they may be coming.
When comparing LCDs and Plasmas, it is difficult to see them in thier best light in Comet or Currys. You need to visit a good sound/video specialist. Some plasmas are poor and even very good plasmas can be set up poorly, but compare the best LCD vs the best Plasmas and there is no contest.
I would agree that in most places I've been quite clearly some of the sets are poorly set up. Almost as if they've opened the box and stuck them on the shelf and thats it. Some of them are never going to sell no matter which format they are. Still, when you do get a 30 or 40 set up in a row (or rows) and you can stand back a bit, I can't find much to draw between them. Even the poor rendition of blacks on LCD's is hard to see unless you got looking for it.
But despite my other half complaining about how long I spend in front of them all , I've not made a choice yet. The best still seem to come with a hefty price tag.
The problem that arises is that whilst LCD still has some legs, and the sets are lighter in weight than plasma, you can never be quite sure what techology to settle on. GE are now printing Organic Light Emitting Diode devices principally for lighting, but in two years time we may well be able to blu tac something to the wall without having the Forth Bridge bolted to the brickwork to hold it on. Furthermore contrast ratios will hit the sky. What is a bloke to buy?