Plasmas are overall a smidgen better than LCDs in contrast and color quality now, says Geoffrey Morrison of Home Theater magazine.
Best for a family room: Panasonic's 50-inch TH-50PX77U plasma. Why so affordable? Because it has a picture resolution of 720p, while the highest available is 1080p.
"But most people sit 10 feet away, and unless you're looking for a display 60 inches or larger, you won't notice the difference," says Morrison.