My sister asked for my input on the very same question, although she wanted a smaller TV. At the time, which was a couple months ago, I suggested my sister picked up one of the new Samsung's.
From the research I did on the net, perusing many forms, I came across many people suggesting them based on price/performance.
Now, I've never done a side by side comparison, that's just what I've gathered from online.
Hope that helps.
Take it easy.
Goodnight oracle Bob. Here's your bedtime glass of warm milk with Viagra and OxyContin.