To pin down the best TV that takes both technical and observational factors into consideration, Value Electronics conducts an annual TV shootout (now in its ninth year) in which a selected group of experts and consumers take part.
The TVs selected for the 2013 shootout included three top plasmas:
...and three top LED/LCD TVs (including a Sony 4K set):
Also included for black level performance reference, the legendary Pioneer Kuro KRP-500M.
After a series of objective tests taking factors such as Black Level, Contrast, Color Accuracy, Sharpness, Viewing capability in a well-lit room, and General Perceived Video Quality, Value Electronics has declared the Samsung PN64F8500 Plasma TV as the "Best" TV of 2013, by a very narrow margin.
However, that isn't the whole story as Plasma and LED/LCD maker LG, and LED/LCD-only brands Sharp, Toshiba, and others were not included. I would have especially liked to have seen how the Sharp Elite sets would have faired.
To find out more on how each TV placed in the shootout, check out the complete results posted by Value Electronics.