Originally Posted by pittim
There are only a couple companies that make the panels. Samsung is one of them. I think LG might be the other...not sure. Samsung will most likely keep the best performing panels to themselves, which means their image will be the nicest.
@Equin - Nice poster
BINGO pittim! I'm an AV technician working in video communications, so this is a topic i can speak about with a good degree of certainty.
Pittim is right, Samsung and LG make their own panels, and they are the best in the industry. Sony makes a decent TV, but the problem with sony is they use the same parts as the other big companies, but charge more for them. they have been #1 in the industry so long they think they can charge what they want, but in reality, their stuff is over rated. i'm not saying its not good, because it is, but its not worth the extra money you pay for the name.
Personally i prefer LG for their picture quality as well as their build quality and customer support. Samsung is probably just as good but i tend to favor LG for some reason. Another brand worth looking at is NEC. We use alot of their industrial grade stuff but its pricey, you're probably better off with a samsung or LG, whichever one you get the best deal on