I have a samsung 40" LCD and love it. The contrast ratio(black level as you put it) is another misleading spec given by manufacturers. I did heavy research before i bought mine and found that info in my searches. I would definitely recommend the samsung.
Yeah, I had a 42" Samsung Plasma that I just sold and I had mixed feelings about it...
It had a great picture, but he HDMI sound would cut out for no reason while watching and only come back after changing the source through the options or by turning off and on. Also I had some red "sparkles" that appeared on the plasma after about 1.5 years of ownership.
I sold it for 750 bux and have the Panasonic on order it comes in Thur, but just love the design of the Samsung. I dunno I get really good reviews for both...so torn...must...decide!!!
I also have a 42" plasma Samsung plasma. It's really hard to beat the value you get with samsung. I have a panasonic dvd player that i am not thrilled with. It's never given me any problems, but nothing about it excites me either. Hope this helps.
alright well im gonna have to put my input in as ive worked for the cable company comcast and at&t....ive seen a good amount of tvs....LG 1080p plasma..top of the line, but yes samsung or panasonic are up there but not 720 that is not real hd just so u guys know....from my experience a vizio 1080p for 1500 looks the same as a samsung for about 1800 my point is vizio although very unknown get the job done, add a ps3 for bluray and a 360 for 1080p games and u will never notice a difference (i have been talkin about lcd....but with an Lg tv at 1080p u better go with the plasma because movies just look better on plasma, lcd is better for brightness especially in brighter rooms anyways good luck wit the choice