I'm looking into buying a new TV for almost exclusively gaming use (I don't watch movies or TV much). The size I'm looking for is somewhere in the lower end of 40''-50'', budget is variable. An absolute max of $1500, but I don't expect to spend anywhere near that much.
The things I'm looking for, in order of priority:
1. Low input lag.
2. Resolution of at least 1080p.
3. Picture quality/panel type. I don't care if the backlight is CCFL or LED.
5. Inputs. I need at least one HDMI. Would like to have 1 displayPort as well, if they even put that on TVs yet.
6. Screen coating. I don't like anti-glare/matte coatings, but a weak one is alright.
6. Brightness. Ideally not too bright or too dim, this varies a lot in monitors, I would assume TVs are the same.
7. Actual contrast ratio.
8. Refresh rate. 120Hz would be nice, but only true 120Hz input, not 60 or 30 with "faked" extra frames.
9. Response time. Usually meaningless, I know, but it can be a problem if ACTUAL response time (not GTG) is too high.
10. Features (I'd prefer something without any OSD at all, although there obviously needs to be a way to select input.)
11. Speakers (I probably won't use them.)
12. Dynamic contrast. (I'll turn it off.)
13. 3D. (I won't use it.)
Basically, I'm looking for a TV from a monitor perspective rather than a TV perspective, since I'll use it for real-time applications rather than watching static video most of the time.
First of all, does anyone know of a site that does input lag tests on TVs? It's never advertised, and I know part of the reason is that it's generally awful for TVs because of the processing most of them do on the image.
I'm fairly familiar with panel technologies and the general issues with buying a monitor, but far less so with TVs. It seems like most of the things you look for in a monitor aren't advertised, and the same appears to be the case with TVs. Panel type, input lag, response time, and even refresh rate are all not advertised or unevenly measured (i.e. response time).
I don't really want a TV with a TN panel, but either VA or IPS would be fine (My current monitor uses an old VA panel). I don't know anything about plasma. Is it generally better or worse than IPS? I assume the crazy high refresh rates they advertise are just that, advertisement. Even if you could display 600Hz, there isn't a cable standard out there (minus fiber) that could pass a 1080p signal at that speed.
So, suggestions anyone? I have some time before I'll actually be buying this, and I plan to do some research on my own, so I'm looking for advice on how to narrow the field more than particular models, although that may be helpful as well.