This morning my 2012 era Panny 46 inch ST30 series plasma made a loud popping noise and went off. Won't come back on, although the red power light is lit. Figure it's time for a new TV. Have spent the morning surfing the net, looking for a replacement, subject to the following: 1- Can't be over 50 inches as we have a heirloom oak TV armoire that houses our TV in the living room. My wife will NOT give this up (it is gorgeous and we get more compliments on the armoire than we ever will on a TV). 2- 4k with HDR so I'm future proof as can be. 3- $1000 budget, less if possible. While I'd love to go OLED, my kids college tuition is a little more important right now. After my research, I've narrowed my list to: 1- Sony X900E, 49 inch, $949 at Best Buy 2- Vizio M-Series, 50 inch, $579 at Costco and Best Buy 3- Samsung XU7000, 49 inch, $599 at Best Buy 4- Samung XU8000, 49 inch, $999 at Best Buy My first impulse is the Sony, but in looking at them side by side at Best Buy today and comparing specs, I'm just not sure if its $400 better than the Vizio. We mainly watch TV content (Directv), blu-rays (I'm not upgrading to UHD discs), and streaming (Netflix, Amazon). I'd say about 80% TV, 15% discs, 5% streaming. My biggest heartburn is that I'm just going to miss my plasma.