I'm sure it's changed but plasmas are better for sports and images with quick movement, which I believe they accomplish with the higher refresh rate. Only problem you have to watch out for is screen image burn in, though I've never had an issue with it. I've left it on ESPN all day with the Bottom Line on...when you change the channel you'll still see the image of it at the bottom but it goes away after a few minutes.
I'm sure LCDs have gotten better in terms of refresh but I would buy another plasma today if I was getting another TV. They're also lighter IIRC.
Look at Amazon... markup is negated with their prices. the 240hz will probably be the norm in a couple of years. When I bought my 42 inch that is 60hz, the 120hz were just starting to go on the market and and now that Directv is broadcasting in 120, I notice it a good bit.
I'm still not convinced. Seems the benefits aren't quite as advertised with LCDs.
DO NOT buy Sony. They cost more and the last two I have had both had significant problems inside of 3yrs. Quality has gone to S**T no longer justifying the price premium. I have been pleased with Samsung models so far.
I have a 60", a 55", and a 52" Sharp Aquos. They were cheaper than Sony and Samsung and we love them. The picture is terrific and sports are magnificent. The first 55" we bought at CostCo about 5 years ago for around $2300 - big bargain at the time. Recently got the 60" at CostCo at around $1400 and the 52" LED with WiFi from Best Buy for around $1200. Personally don't think 3D makes much difference for the extra cost. Guy at CostCo says that the best bang for the buck is Vizio.
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