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I'd like to get a television, but there are so many factors to weigh in that I'd like to be sure I'm looking for the right type of screen. Here's my situation:
  • It will be used primarily for gaming (console and PC), and secondarily for movies and TV (uncompressed from disk or streamed online, not cable television).
  • Nothing irritates me more than a TV with very bland black levels while playing a dark game or watching a dark video.
  • It will be placed in front of a window, but not one that receives direct sunlight.
  • While I appreciate a thin profile, I would appreciate picture quality more.
  • I'm looking for a ~40" display in the ~$500-ish price range, but am flexible if it's worth it.

Given the current technology, and my limited understanding of it, I feel like a backlit 120Hz LED TV with local dimming would be a good choice. Is this a correct assessment?

Given that I would be gaming on it primarily, I feel like a 120Hz refresh rate and a 1080p resolution are priority. The latter rules out plasmas in this screen size and price range, does it not? Could any gamers out there discuss if they'd take a hit to 720p in exchange for the 600Hz refresh and deep blacks, which unless I'm mistaken is necessarily the case with plasmas in this range?

As for black levels on an LCD TV, I understand local dimming LED backlit is currently the best. However, I'm concerned with "bright" objects on the screen moving across dimming zones and the inherent limitations of the technology. Is it noticeable in practice?

I am currently looking at the Samsung UN40EH5300 40" and the Vizio E420i-A1 42" (only because they're the top rated on Amazon in their category...). Both appear to meet my requirements at surface level except for the local dimming, which looks like a feature I'd have to pay considerably more for. Furthermore, Samsung rates their panels in terms of CMR rather than "refresh rate," and I understand Samsung 'Clear Motion Rate' is roughly comparable to 2x the refresh rate of the panel, which would mean that CMR 120 set is equivalent to a 60 Hz refresh. Also, I understand Vizio recently made an impressive showing at CES with their VXT line, but it looks like the sizes (and presumably price) put it outside the scope of what I'm interested in. But I do have room to spare if the picture quality is good enough...

I find myself awash in features while doing this research, and I'd probably be happy with any TV over no TV, so please let me know if I'm fretting for no reason. Any guidance would be appreciated!

Thanks.
Edited by moonslug - 6/18/13 at 7:42pm
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How about this?
http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/cat-monitors/cat-displayscommercialflatpanel/?offset=12&navId=4294962772+4294962770#
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The Samsung UN40EH5300 is better than the Sony. I speak from experience. Samsung LCD panels have better contrast ratios and saturated colors.
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