don't want a smart TV and I don't want plasma right now
Plasmas are on the verge of extinction, because passive 3-D as rendered by 4K LCD is far superior to plasma's active 3-D.
I think that every worthwhile TV right now is also a smart TV, so you might not be able to avoid that.
I do want the best picture quality and refresh rates (white to black) available with LCD
I'm looking for something that will perform best when viewing blueray movies
I don't like the motion blur that you see when viewing busy or fast moving images, I guess action movies and or car chase scenes would be an example.
I'm looking to spend about $700/$800 Canadian.
Here is CNET's list of current TV lines with the best picture quality:
The prices on the list are potentially misleading, because they are only for one popular size, not for the whole range of sizes that the TVs are offered in.
#1 - 3 on the list (as of when I am making this post) are only available in sizes over 50 inches, so I presume they are out of the running.
#4 is available in a 46 inch size. That is only slightly bigger than your size range. But the price of the 46 inch model is significantly higher than your price range, so I presume it also is out of the running.
The two lines by Vizio are the only ones that have models that fall in your size range. In both cases, the models in your size range are also in your price range.
#5, the Vizio M2i-B series
, is available in a 42 inch size that is within your price range:
And #6, the Vizio E0i-B series
, has 39, 40, and 42 inch models that are all within your price range:
Keep in mind though that none of the Vizios have 3-D capability.
About a year ago Vizio decided to discontinue 3-D capability in all of their TVs.
listening to a sales person when buying a TV is, umm... "a big dumb bag full of stupid" lol
EDIT: Important note:
The Vizio TVs are only
recommended in the models that include local dimming (as explained in the articles). The model numbers are listed in the articles.