What would be the best LED at the same size for a comparable price?
Could I get as good of a picture with an LED TV with the same size and similiar price?
The problem is most LEDs on the market don't have a full array board so their image quality isn't as vivid when compared to a high end plasma (see my previous post about the sharp elite and sony hx950 because those two TVs have said boards). Also plasmas are the only type of TV that can GUARANTEE no image blur when fast moving objects appear across the screen. LEDs are also much more pricey than plasmas on average. If you are willing to step down to something like a 55 inch then you can probably get something around the price of the VT50, it just won't be 60+ inches.
Just pulling up some TVs from bestbuy.com around the price of the VT50 that I would say aren't to bad of a TV are: LINK
^that is probably the only TV you are going to find below 5k that isn't a plasma and will give you a great picture.
also the Samsung 8000 series
isn't that bad, but I've just noticed they tend to not be able to show the extreme brights and darks of certain colors very well. Still not a bad TV though.