does anyone know which brand/model is leading the way these days for plasma hdtv? i helped my parents pick out a new TV in the last year or so (LCD, 40"-46", can't remember the exact size) and it's a Panasonic Vierra, which was the flagship brand/model at the time from what we checked out.
Search and you'll find lots of discussion on the forum. I would pick the Panasonic GT or VT series if you want the best quality. If you're going for cheaper then most any brand delivers excellent quality.
Sometimes this type of question could be like asking us what is the best fruit. Answer ... it depends on your budget and what you think is important in terms of picture quality and where that TV sits in the home ... and when you watch most of the TV programming.
Panny V and G series are highly regarded ... Samsung plasma sets at the 6000 series and higher are great for tweak ability ... and LG has wonderful bang for the $$ and pretty tweakable too.